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

I had been on a summer mission before overseas and this time I wanted to go somewhere stateside to balance out my experience. I had a lot of friends who had come to King’s Domain before and spoke highly of it. I wanted to go somewhere where I could grow over the summer and KD was what I was looking for, but the bottom line was that God wanted me to come to King’s Domain.

Why did you want to work with children?

I was really nervous about working with kids because I hadn’t worked with them before. I had very little experience but I wanted the challenge of learning how to be around, interact with, and teach kids well.

Funniest camper story?

During camp we give out awards for things like cleanest cabin, best spirit, etc. There’s also the “spicy” award. I’m not exactly sure what the “spicy” award is or what it means to be “spicy”, but I had a camper who thought he knew. He decided that he was going to eat pepper to get the spicy award and somehow he convinced the whole cabin to do it. We won!

Funniest KDSM memories or moments?

Both summers I spent at KD the men’s retreats were really fun, we got to chase raccoons! I also love the weekly meetings and just hanging out in the “bat cave” where we’d chat, play games, and worship. Worship here, in this community, is so authentic and genuine. It’s a really cool experience.

What do you think about the KD staff?

Nothing would run here without them! Beyond that, they help create the family environment here which continues even after summer mission is over. Sometimes I get random texts from staff members just asking how I’m doing, and when I came back to volunteer for Mud Guts and Glory it felt like being welcomed home.

What is it like working with the other college students? What is the environment like?

It’s fun! Coming here after graduation felt like an extension of my college years. People here are all up for fun and spontaneous activities. Spiritually, it’s been really great to be surrounded peers going through the same struggles as I have.

How has your walk with God changed?

God had a lot of practical lessons to teach me through camp and these kids. Last year it was “don’t be anxious” (Philippians 4:6), and this year it’s been “praying without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). When I was anxious or stressed out because of my cabin or camp life I learned to go to the Bible to refresh my mind. Being at camp has made me realize my need to be with God and spend time in his word everyday. What I’ve learned at KD has made my relationship with God more personal.

What do you think is unique about King’s Domain?

I can see things more clearly here because I’m able to get away from things I struggle with in everyday life, things that hold me back. The family aspect of King’s Domain is also unique. It’s a really Christ centered and mission focused community. I can see God working in this community and in this place.

What will you take away from this summer?

I think God has been showing me that he has reasons for everything. Throughout the challenges of being a leader and all the new difficulties I’ve faced this summer, he’s been in control. It’s not about me and what I can or can’t do. So long as I show up and trust him to do what he does, God will do something and I’ll be amazed.

Would you recommend this experience to other people? Why?

Absolutely! I would recommend it because it’s challenging, fun, and valuable for the kids and for you. You serve others but you also get to learn from the staff and people here. It’s a very well rounded experience.

Steven Whyte

Occupation

Teacher with TeachBeyond

School

Indiana University

Graduation year

Spring 2014

Major

English