Why did you decide to come to King’s Domain?
Two years ago I felt called to go to the Foot of the Rockies Summer Mission, which is another Cru camp for inner city kids, but my parents didn’t want me to go. I still felt called to go on a summer missions with inner city kids so I kept looking. I found King’s Domain on the Cru website as a similar camp option where I could still work with inner city kids.
Why did you want to work with children?
I wanted to work with kids because I wanted to give back to others what had been given to me. I have had a lot of good mentors helping me along the way teaching me about the Bible. I thought the next step in my walk was to be a giver instead of a taker. I wanted to work with inner city kids because I felt like I could relate to the tough circumstances they face.
Funniest camp story/moments?
One time during camp training one counselor had to go on muscle relaxers for her back and she started hallucinating! She thought she would turn into jello! Another time, when we went to King’s Island, a nearby amusement park, my same friend forced me to go on the Diamondback with her but then lost feeling in her hand because I was holding onto her so tightly!
Where is your favorite place to go off camp and why?
My favorite place was the farmhouse we went to for women’s retreat because of the cornfields surrounding it. It felt similar to where I grew up.
What has been one of the best things about camp life and why?
Discipleship groups are great because they allow for deep bonding and they help you get to know people really well. Discipleship groups provide a safe place to grow and inspire accountability. The discipleship leaders are open to your questions and they want to help you find answers.
What has been one of the hardest things about camp life and why?
Because I’m super introverted I found that sometimes being around so many campers and counselors was exhausting. After back to back camp weeks I was physically and emotionally exhausted, but it was great to see how people loved on me and helped me through the week.
What is it like working with the other college students? What is the environment like?
Coming into the summer I was very jaded because of groups I’d been a part of in the past. I was used to seeing cliques form and tensions rise. I hadn’t experienced closeness in those groups but I didn’t think it could be better than that. But that was not what I experienced this time. It has been a wonderful seeing people love on each other all summer long and be concerned about other people. People have genuinely cared about me and been real with each other. This community has been a blessing.
How have you grown since the beginning of the summer?
When we had our last discipleship group, my discipler said “I don’t think anyone has ever seen you living this free”, and it was very true. I am becoming more of who I really am. I do not have to live up to people’s expectations and I can be real with people. I’ve been surrounded by so much love here and it has been wonderful. I almost don’t want to leave.
What will you take away from this summer?
Admitting that your life is messed up is ok because we’ve all got something. Also, I discovered my love of archery and working with kids of all ages!
What have you learned about yourself at KD this summer?
I’ve learned that I am really good at leading a discipleship group. Also, I’ve learned that I am someone that people can be excited about. I’ve never had someone be excited to work with me before. Having people be a friend to me in that way has been awesome because I’ve struggled with low self-esteem in the past.
Would you recommend this experience to other people? Why?
I would suggest it, maybe not to those who really don’t like working with kids, but to most people. It’s a great place with a great ministry and you learn a lot of things that you won’t learn elsewhere. I’ve learned a lot of things I wouldn’t have otherwise because of being a part of the Christian community here. I’ve been broken down and built back up again
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Global Studies and Spanish Double Major