Why did you decide to come to King’s Domain?
Why did you come back?
The King’s Domain staff came to one of my Cru meetings and, after I heard what it was about, I thought I should try it. I knew I enjoyed working with kids because I worked in childcare programs and after-school programs and my summer was free. It made sense, like a “why not?” moment. I knew I’d enjoy being a counselor, and it was a good opportunity to grow in my faith. Each time I came back I was worried I was just coming back because I enjoyed it, like a vacation. However, each time I’ve grown in different ways. You’re never going to have the same people, and changing one person is going to make it a different community.
Any funny camper stories?
One summer Romans 12:2 was our theme verse. I had the campers memorizing the verse but instead of saying “do not conform to the patterns of this world”, a kid said squirrel in place of world.
Funniest summer mission story or moment?
I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as hard as I did when I saw Carlie’s Survivor audition video. I was crying and that never happens.
What has been one of the best things about camp life? Why?
You’re always with people, which is great. At home I work by myself and am focused on working for myself. Here you are working as a team together to serve the underprivileged kids.
What has been one of the hardest things about camp life? Why?
It’s hard when the schedule gets thrown out of whack because I like to be in control and the control is lost. You have to be flexible at camp. Whatever happens is God’s plan.
What is it like working with the other college students? What is the environment like?
FUN! It’s different every summer, but it’s fun to see how the group evolves as the summer goes on. The first couple weeks are a little awkward. As soon as the campers come everyone becomes close because it’s crazy and everyone is exhausted. The shared memories create a unique bond between everybody. Personalities start to bloom and it’s fun to see everyone come out of their shells.
How have you grown from the beginning of the summer until now?
It used to be that I wasn’t that confident in what I believed and I didn’t feel like I needed to share my struggles. I wasn’t always telling the whole story of who God created me to be. Over the years at KD I was able to build relationships and be more authentic and vulnerable. When you say something you’re struggling with you won’t be judged about it here. After you open up, other people can speak truth into your life. We all struggle and are all sinners.
What is unique about your experience at King’s Domain?
The students and staff that make up King’s Domain are what’s unique. You’re not going to find as many people that are so crazy strong in their faith, and I look up to them so much. I can trust them because they care about what’s best for you and your walk with God. They want you to have a great summer. These friendships here aren’t just for the summer. You build relationships that will last a lifetime.
What have you learned about following the Lord this summer?
It hasn’t gotten easier, but that’s not the goal. It’s been a process of learning to distinguish truth from lies. For me it goes back to Isaiah 43, which lists truths about you, for example, I am a son of God, loved, and chosen. I can always go back to that truth.
Would you recommend this experience to other people? Why?
Yes! The people you meet are on the same mission as you and you spend so much time with them that it allows you to grow and find out new things about yourself and them. And the kids are awesome!
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