The Lord provides so many people that are involved in camp in various ways such as Foster Parents, Social Workers, Counselors, and Jr. Counselors. The following are a few stories and testimonials from people who have partnered with us or served with us.
A Word from a Counselor
Eight years ago, with a mixture of fear and excitement, my husband and I made our way up to our first high school summer camp. I find it humorous to look back and remember how completely naïve and unaware we were to the impact it would have on our lives. Since that fateful first camp, we’ve made it a point to go back three times a year! Camp is no longer just a ministry for us, it is woven into the fabric of our very souls; It has impacted our entire lives. I’ve come home crying for days over the grief so humbly, beautifully, and vulnerably shared during testimonies, I’ve been sore from hikes and games I would never normally play, I’ve laughed so hard my face hurt, I’ve grown attached to characters and personalities I in no way shape or form would have met otherwise, and I’ve learned from Tony and Tina what transparency, perseverance, faithfulness, and character look like in leadership. I guess you could say I’ve been broken, inspired, encouraged, and challenged all at the same time.
This all happens because the Star and best part of every camp is Jesus. His name is whispered in prayers, His Word is preached with passion and creativity, His power to save a lost world from sin is offered (even implored), and His displayed love is deliberate. You could say it is downright aggressive.
So camp for me is faith in action, bible stories played out in modern day, a mission field in my hometown, and a channel God uses to bless me when I pour myself into others. I now understand what it means to be exhausted for someone else physically, emotionally, and spiritually. To fight an unseen battle against the forces of evil that find your presence in that camper’s life antagonistic to their dark purposes and plans. To desperately hope and pray this precious soul you’ve been paired with will make a decision for the Lord and then grow in it. This makes camp a battlefield, a playground, a hospital, a lot of dirt and cabins, a church and a place where sin and shame meet Love and walk away with hope
Written by Jenna
A Word from a Jr. Counselor
Every summer my experience at Camp Julian Oaks is amazing. God’s presence in the camp is obvious, and His work in campers is supernatural. I love to see Christ rescue and heal campers, who have hardened hearts and come from broken homes. I enjoy working with a team of counselors, junior counselors, and staff who have a Spirit- led passion and a Christ- centered love to reach lost campers. God even revealed to me that He’s glorified in whatever work I do, whether it’s cleaning a bathroom or explaining God’s word to a camper. Overall, I’m grateful that God has blessed me and others with a place to enjoy Him when we’re canoeing in a lake, eating dinner together, and sharing our testimonies.
Written by Dominic