More Than Just a Summer Camp

“Lipscomb’s All-Sports Camp was easily the most exhausting and incredible week of my summer!  There are so many things that made this camp so sweet, but to start, the anticipation for me was just the beginning of God moving in incredible ways.  The most annoying question for a college student to hear around finals time is, “So, what are you doing this summer?”  Maybe it’s not annoying to everyone, but I was coming off an amazing semester out of the country and had not one single idea what job I was going to be working.   The only thing I could say to people was, “I have no idea! My only plan is to work a sports camp for a week in June.”  And that was the extent of the plan for my summer.  This week was looked forward to, prayed for, planned out, anticipated!  As we got into the week, it was so clear that so many people had prayed over our time, and we could tell!

The Lord put together a great group of coaches and guest coaches to be a part of the week, and I am so thankful to have been a part of it. Times like these remind me of 1 Corinthians 12 because all of us were equipped with different gifts and talents from God, and we were able to unite all of those gifts to do Kingdom work at Carpenter’s Square.

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I guess what made this such a sweet week for me is that I totally underestimated how deeply children can understand things.  Our theme verse was John 10:10, which says, “The thief come only to steal, kill, and destroy, but I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.”  Through a series of incredibly acted skits, we told the story of a Toymaker and his son who loved nothing more than being together, creating toys, and fixing broken toys.  My small group was a group of little boys ranging from ages 6-8, and honestly I put God’s ability to speak His truth to these kids in a box.  I thought that there was no way these boys would ask hard questions, but I WAS SO WRONG!  A mix of kids from different backgrounds asked questions like how God could also be Jesus and were eager to memorize the theme verse.  I was absolutely humbled by how God can move in children’s hearts and reminded me of what childlike faith is.

Sports are just a means to bring people together and learn about how you can glorify God in different ways.

And finally, I think it is important to remember that the girls won the dodgeball series.”

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Reflection Written By: Hannah Hutcheson