Why did you decide to come to King’s Domain?

I came to King’s Domain because I wanted to glorify God this summer. I wanted to do His will and felt that God was calling me to go on a missions trip. I chose KD because I wanted to be cared for by staff and I wanted to build campers’ faith.

Why did you want to work with children?

I wanted to work with children because I love helping them think deeply about themselves, about Jesus, and about life in general. Children love to learn and they are so curious! I love to help encourage that.

Funniest camp story or moment?

I think one of my funniest stories was when we were on our way to University of Cincinnati and Val said “You love playing cards so we should try evangelizing by playing cards”. I thought it was so funny for her to think of something like that. We invited a bunch of people to play cards and we both had fun while doing it.

What has been one of the best things about camp life and why?

One of the best things about camp life is the simplicity. I didn’t know how to pack coming here so I brought a lot of things I didn’t need. Since people didn’t have all their stuff and technology with them, I was able to talk with everyone. I loved those deep conversations.

How have the King’s Domain staff helped you?

Lauren helped me figure out how to disciple some difficult campers one week when we did camp in the city and she also challenged me to modify my expectations. My discipler, Bethany, helped remind me I don’t always need my friends around for someone to be there for me.

How have you grown since the beginning of the summer?

I found a new sense of courage. The Holy Spirit has emboldened me to talk to people when issues arise. I am able to put aside my own fears and do what was best for the Spirit and the Kingdom.

How has your walk with God changed?

With the help of my friend Heidi, I realized that one way I really connect with God is through worship. I learned a lot about how listening to music and singing along helps connect truths to my life and the gifts God has given me.

What is unique about King’s Domain?

King’s Domain provides you with a direct way to show kids the Gospel. As a teacher, in the future I will have to share the gospel indirectly. At KD we worked to build relationships and share the gospel with the kids, but we also worked on how to love the rest of the world after we leave.

What will you take away from this summer

I will take away a new understanding about why God has called me to be an educator. I will remember that as well as giving my whole self to God, I also need to give up the earthly things I’m clinging to.

What did you learn about yourself at KD?

I have learned where my “line” is. Now I know when to extend grace, and I know when to lay down the law and make wise decisions.

Would you recommend this experience to other people? Why?

I would recommend it to someone who needs to learn about how God moves in young lives. It’s important for all of us to learn to love children with justice and grace.

Rachel Walton

School

West Chester University

Graduation year

Spring 2016

Major

Special Education and Elementary Education