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God’s 2:00 am Plan

For as long as I can remember, I have always been drawn to international missions, but whenever I imagined foreign evangelism, I assumed a traditional ministry mindset. Whatever that means.

I grew up as a church staff kid, where my parents tirelessly served behind the scenes, and yet there I was, seemingly daydreaming about going across seas whenever a missionary came and talked about their foreign ministry. The passion was like a well-lit flame under my behind, and I knew being a missionary was my life’s calling. However, I am reminded to answer the question; “how do you know for sure?”
Other than my faith and passion, there’s a story: my first mission trip in 2010 to Denver, Colorado. While in Denver, the next day after my team and I arrived, we went to help out at a local food pantry. Two guys asked to pray and anoint me and one other of the team members. To this day, I see it as God’s anointing me for the rest of my life in ministry. Even when I have tender moments of doubt, God affirms me through scripture, and somehow even others around me remind me, God has big plans.
I have no reason to be concerned about my life’s purpose.

Since ministry is a big part of who I am, I have come along my parents to serve. The first time I remember serving was in a Portable Church in Birmingham, Michigan with my dad where we would set up and tear down with a team. The younger me would probably tell you how much fun it was to roll around on the small wooden platforms for the chairs, but since then, I have grown up some. In my last two years of high school before moving away, I also served in a portable church in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, in addition to children’s ministry and tech team. There is also a miscellaneous year of Christian camp ministry thrown in there too. I’m not sure where that fits in.

Then amidst my plans to be a missionary, and to transfer to Moody Bible Institute, Chicago this Fall to study Discipleship and Evangelism is God’s 2:00 am plan.

God’s 2:00 am plan is to study pre-counseling at Moody, Chicago and work with refugees in camps across the world. Come to think about it, there’s more sense to it than I imagined. Especially, since the crisis is not getting any better any time soon. It is not a bad road to go down, plus, I do not mind the traveling part. Now just to get my acceptance letter… However, as I have processed this over the past few days I realized how I can relate to refugees. I may not have had to flee to a refugee camp for safety because my home country is unsafe, but I understand what it is like to feel like not having a home. After all, in the past 20 years of my life, I have lived in four states and moved nine times. Okay, so it is nationally in the United States, and I hated moving at first, what’s your point?

I wonder, is this a change of plans, or a revelation of God’s plan for me all along. I do not know, but what I do know is that it is a bad answer to a good question. But here are three reasons why I would not do anything else, except ministry with my life.

  1.  I will not live the lie of the American Dream. I do not care about money, prosperity, and fame. Not the life for me
  2.  God is better. His kingdom is eternal and I won’t invest in anything less than worthy of His kingdom. Earth is not my home. Why get comfortable here anyway?
  3.  I have no plan B. I am not joking. If the world goes to hell in a hand basket and if can’t return to the states, or if I am in the states and the world is unsafe, it is my job to proclaim the Gospel until I am burnt at the stake, or shot, or die of something else

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”Luke 4:18-19

How To Apply to Christian Camps and Work For Them

Disclaimer: Over the past year I’ve applied for a total of four camps: from Walkabout student, to summer staff as a counselor, and finally as an intern.  I know what I’m doing.

This post is me trying to funny and optimistic about my continuation of applying for Christian camps, but some pro tips for the beginners, since I’m only a self-titled expert.

Don’t stop reading though, this is about to get serious.

I’m not sure how many people scour the internet curious of how to spend their summer if they’re like me, broke, but adventuress. I found a solution for people like me and you; apply for a camp job, get Chacos, find some Adidas soccer shorts, and tie-dye shirts, even if it’s only one shirt, but before you do that allow me to share, how to apply for Christian camps and work for them.

Information error: I didn’t grow up going to summer camp, so there’s no biased opinions. Not even towards Camp Eagle even though I’ve lived here for the past six months. See tip two for example.


Pro Tip One – BEFORE YOU APPLY

If you’re not a former camp kid, like me, find a camp that matches your idea of fun. Don’t take it seriously until you find your camp, but after you find your camp stalk that camp’s media pages. If your still interested after that, you can now begin being serious about applying for said camp.

Pro Tip Two – DON’T CHECK YOUR QUALIFICATIONS BASED ON THE CAMP’S MISSION STATEMENT

Camp Eagle’s mission statement,
“Our mission is to inspire Christ-like change through outdoor adventure, authentic relationships and Biblical truth.”
I did this when I started to apply for Camp Eagle as a Walkabout without any prior knowledge that Camp Eagle’s idea of outdoor adventure is backpacking in the Texas wilderness. I remember thinking,
“I grew up camping, I can do outdoor adventure!” 

You try saying that after 6 days of not being showered, peeing in the back country, eating a cricket, carrying a 50 pound backpack, all with people you don’t know, in a place you’ve never been before, and having your body as a sacrifice to the ants whose home you slept on too. I’ve obviously never done this before.  At the end of the day you may wonder, “what did I just sign up for the next nine moths.”
Oh wait, that was me in August. Authentic relationships was my downfall. ‘Nuff said.
But wait, there’s Biblical truth. Hakuna matata, bruh, I grew up going to church. 
Learn from me, it’s a bad idea regardless of your preconceived notions.

Pro Tip Three –  START ON YOUR APPLICATION EARLY

Urban myth 001: Camps hire summer staff in February. One exception to one camp I applied for that the email said in February they would be interviewing summer staff. Seriously, most camps I’ve looked at only hire 50 summer staff. If you want in, apply the summer before. I’m not even being funny.

Pro Tip Four – KNOW THY SELF AND THINE BIBLE

The application you’re about to fill out will ask serious questions about yourself that you didn’t even know about yourself, and questions about your beliefs as a Christian. Don’t be intimidated by this, it’s just an authenticity indicator. On a more serious note, camps probably want to make sure you’re enriching the kids spiritual growth as well as your own, even if you’re the classic Sunday School Bible Thumper who memorized the verses from the prior week to get in the treasure chest for a bouncy ball or a chocolate, or the kid who just hammered the sword drills every time. Even if you were the kid who did Faith Weavers, Pioneer clubs or a stereotypical homeschooler in Awanas.  Actually don’t believe that stereotype. I didn’t do Awanas when I was homeschooled.
Don’t even get me started on the staff kids, they’re the worst.

Pro Tip Five – LEARN TO DANCE, BE CONFIDENT AND DON’T BE SHY 

Little known fact about me, I took dance classes when I was 15 for West Coast swing, but I’m a bashful person and completely confidence shattered. I see people at camp dancing like they belong in a music video of some sort while I just shuffle my feet like an awkward penguin. I got no rhythm, beat or melody and my name is Melody. Ironic? I think not. See Camp Eagle people I don’t know dancing.
Learn how to dance and don’t be afraid to whip and nay nay.

Pro Tip Six – DON’T JOIN A CULT

A surprising number of female Camp Eagle full-time staff have nose rings, why? probably because we’re secretly a cult promoting nose rings. Why else would anyone come out to the middle of nowhere to work at a camp? again, probably to join a cult. Your guess is as good as mine in case you were wondering. Also does your leader have fake gauges? one of mine dose. Are your ears pierced? mine are. What are you going to do? get on Amazon and order some? Although I have not yet, but I will be soon. Again, why? to make fun of your leader, but end up liking them, cool, your almost in the cult. Say, get a Hebrew tattoo and you’re in the cult. Tattoos are cool and might as well get one that says Jehovah Jireh, the LORD providesmazel tov, you’re officially a part of a camp cult! 

Pro Tip Seven – GET YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT AND ASK QUESTIONS

Living at camp is a surefire way to make sure you have your priorities straight, but make sure you practice at home first by asking these questions.
 1. Shower or sleep? sleep.
2. How much do I really want to eat the same food repeatedly? only on left over lunch day.
3. To do laundry or not to do laundry? I probably should do laundry.
4. Who should I call? my mom, dad, sisters or best friend? er, leave a message?
5. High five, fist bump, or elbow? I’ll just high-five your fist bump, and rub elbows in the kitchen.
6. Clean my room or get on WiFi? 
Get on WiFi.
7. Should I spend time with God in prayer and read my Bible in my spare time? The answer should always be yes. But do I really say “yes” all the time? not always.


Now, go find your inner Chaco, soccer short, and tie-dye wearing self and apply for a Christian Camp.

QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. Show them you are a Christian.
2. Be great with humans. Feed them, love them, never leave them.
3. Agree with the camp’s doctrinal statement at the end of the application. Why that is, I’m not really sure.
4. Don’t take yourself too seriously and be willing to make a fool of yourself daily.
5. Be great at pranks. People will prank you by water balloons, rocks, and a large destroyed Batman action figure with no head.
6. Have great music taste. That means you should love Twenty One Pilots and Lecrae automatically.

Congratulations! You have now been well-informed on how to apply for a Christian camp and work for them.

*Disclaimer: this kind of job is not for the faint of heart because you will probably die from sleep deprivation or get sick from all the preservatives in the food.*