Sunday, January 22, 2012

Provision, Joy, & Family

It is very hard for me to believe that HIS Camp 2012 is over!  It flew by and felt so surreal the whole time.  It was amazing and hard to choose words to share.  I have a ton of photos to go through and want to get the rest of the teams as well.  But as I downloaded mine tonight, these 3 stuck out to me.

This pic doesn't look like it says much, but in reality it screams PROVISION!  When we started planning for this trip we had NO IDEA how kids would get to camp, how they would sleep or be fed.  We left Dallas not really knowing how it would all come together.  But as we arrived at camp we saw these layed out on the field.  Mattresses for all the kids.  AMAZING!  And that is exactly how the entire week went.  God provided everything we would need for all the kids that He brought to us.  Another side of His PROVISION was how I felt all week.  I was nervous heading into camp not knowing exactly what it would be like.  But He provided in supernatural ways.  I slept, I woke up early, I had energy, and made it through each day pretty well.  So thankful for His PROVISION!

This one represents JOY.  As we prepped and wrote the curriculum and created the crafts for all these kids we had hope that young and old kids alike would have fun with all the different crafts and activities and that they would experience the JOY and fun of learning about God's love!  Boy did they.  We watched the little ones have a blast the first couple of days and then the older kids jumped in and loved every minute of it.  What a gift to see their JOY!

And this one... FAMILY.  Watermark sponsors over 600 kids and we get to be a part of that by individually jumping in and sponsoring individual kids.  Many of our team members kiddos were there and it was such sweet moments seeing them connect.  They got to hang out with their extended family and experience love and fun times together.  Love seeing these kids who have lost so much feel the love and acceptance of our team and to be reminded of God's love for us and how He adopts us into his family.

It's going to take a while to process all that was this past week.  And I will update as I do.  Lots of pics to share... and I promise there will be lots of smiling faces!!!

Thanks so much to all of you who supported and prayed for us on this trip... your prayers were answered! 

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