I have lived in a city for my whole life, and am the farthest thing from being qualified to be a summer camp counselor. However, I was continuously reminded that “God does not call the equipped, He equips the called.” The Lord used me in ways that I never expected, to reach teens who were seeking truth in the depths of their hearts.
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Who is Jennifer Lawson? Then I served on summer staff at Covecrest in 2010. Now I’m a Junior at MTSU studying English Education and just trying to survive the craziness of college. I want to teach middle school in the inner city and I had this desire placed on my heart while I was at camp. My last week of camp I had a group of middle-schoolers from Toledo and they absolutely stole my heart; I had no problem loving them with everything I had and watching them drive away at the end of the week was so heartbreaking. They really made me realize what exactly I want to do with my life…
Experiencing the urgency of mission, the importance of loving through simple servitude, and the love found in a community based on His love caused me grow into a truer man of God. If the Lord called me to serve again on summer staff I would not even hesitate to say yes!
Meet Meredythe Brainard from Covecrest in 2008. “I could never have put a price on this experience. I was truly blessed to have been able to live with such a community for six weeks. I learned more in that six weeks than I could have ever imagined. If God ever called me back I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment.”
“Being on summer staff is basically saying to God, “Lord, I allow you to ruin my life so that I may be rebuilt in You.” I know that sounds extreme, but it truly is what it is like. God completely rips apart any expectations you may have on how camp will go, and speaks to you in very powerful ways everyday.”