The beginning of August means a few things— scorching temperatures, back to school shopping and IGNITE! We are one day away from the start of session one and staff have returned from summer excited to reunite with their camp, eager to meet their campers.
During evening worship at Mount Bonnell, assistant director, Abby Weeks said leading up to day one of Ignite, her favorite part of pre-week is praying for campers and growing close to each other in order to invite new people into the family.
Pre-week is a time of preparation and reconnection after a few months away from the busy school year. Camps have a special time to share what God has been doing in their lives and finish building a community ready to welcome new members in the coming days.
“My prayer for Ignineteen is that Ignite can be an impactful experience for every camper,” Weeks said. “Wherever they are at, whether they are already a believer or not, I am hoping they can feel his presence and be impacted by their counselors and their camp and everything we are doing.”
Amanda Fries, counselor for Emperor’s New Groove, worked as an intern at her home church over the summer. She said her time over the last few months has prepared her and taught her a lot about leading a small group at camp and investing in others.
“Honestly, I am praying and hoping that I would really be able to get close with the girls in my small group and get to know them,” she said. “I think this summer has taught me a lot about how to do that and I am excited to really invest in them and make lots of friends.”
Emily Brown, prayer team member for Lion King said God also taught her a lot over the summer, further equipping her for the role she has in Ignite. The verse she said she felt God put on her heart is Matthew 25:40, ” “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ ”
“If we want to love God well, we need to love others well. And that is such a big part of it, is how we are serving others is how we serve God,” she said.
With only one day away from the start of camp, staff are beyond excited to meet and talk to campers.
Weeks said if I could say one thing to students right now I would tell them not to be afraid to meet new people or explore new things.
“Just be open to all of the new friends and experiences college has for you.”