What is beach camp you might be asking? Well boy do I have a story for you.
About 2 months ago I got a message from a woman who I have known for many years, yet didn’t quite keep in contact with. This woman, Erin, was my girls youth minister in high school, and told me about Jesus. Now I didn’t come to know Jesus until about a year or so later, but she was relentless in her pursuit of my soul’s eternity. Just recently I graduated from college and moved back home. Erin messaged me wishing me congratulations, and wanted to know if I was going to be free in the middle of June for something called Beach Camp.
Now let me preface this for you guys so you can understand where I was at when I first heard about this camp. I was so busy with life y’all, I was preparing my applications for nursing school, working on my blog and content creating. I’m going to be really honest in saying I wasn’t being as faithful as I could to Jesus. Erin went on to tell me it would be a week in Florida and I would be the leader of a group of 6-10 girls. It didn’t take me long to decide that this was something I NEEDED to do. I wish I would have had this experience in High school, someone to tell me that a life with Jesus was so much better than what I had planned. So, I told my parents what I was doing and I went all in for it. I’ve learned from experience that when Jesus gives you an opportunity like this to serve Him, you do it.
Going into the week of Beach Camp, I began to doubt myself a little bit. How could I be enough for these girls? What if they don’t like me, or what if I cant impact them the way I want to? I prayed and prayed that I would be enough for them, then Jesus spoke to me. He said that it was not I that would change their hearts, it was Him. I am just a vessel or a tool that could bring glory to His name. No, I might not be holy enough, or spend enough time worshiping the One who saved my life. The thing I realized though was that I just needed to be myself and share my life with these girls. So, that’s exactly what I did.
The day finally came, and we were about to meet at the church to head on our long bus ride to Florida. I was driving there when I got this sudden wave of anxiety over my body. I had finally realized that I knew one person at this camp, literally ONE. This may seem insignificant, but if you know me I HATE being places where I don’t know people. Get me around people I know, and I am the most outgoing person in the room, but otherwise you wont hear me speak a word. There was no turning back though and I had to continue to remind myself that God was going to do amazing things through me and I needed to trust Him.
Fast forward about 5 days and two bus rides, and I can confirm that Beach Camp was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. These girls taught me so much about myself and about what God wanted for my life. I also got to pour my soul out to them and attempt to share with them the mistakes I have made in life in order to help them make better ones. I will never forget this experience, and hopefully you’ll catch me at Beach Camp 2020. Below I wanted to share with y’all what my girls had to say about their experience at camp. They are God sent, and I am so proud of all of the hard work and learning they have put into their time with me! Here’s to more bible studies and doing life together my girls!!!
Some of my girls were willing to give me a little snippet of their week and what happened in their lives, here they are:
“God made big moves this week in my life. I was in kind of a cruise control with my faith, and it wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t good. Sitting there at camp made me realize that i can’t put faith aside and sharing the word is important because you are never promised another minute on earth. You also can’t be half in with your faith, it’s all or nothing. Beach Camp 2019 was one to remember!” -Lainey (@laineybowmer on insta)
“I really loved beach camp. It really helped me reconnect with god and gave me a few days to make Him my only focus. I loved worshiping and listening to all the sermons. I felt like all of the messages applied to my life. Having Christian as a leader was so fun! I felt like I could really open up to her and didn’t feel like I had to pretend to be someone that i’m not. I’m so excited for Beach Camp 2020!” -Abby (@Abigail.ctx on insta)