Hello! I’m Julisa and this is my fifth summer working as an intern at Summer Bible Camp. I’ve had the privilege of serving with John and Dolores in their mission to share the message of Jesus Christ through faith, hope, and love. I’m honored that they keep having me back. So far the first week of camp has been great! We were rained out the first day, but the rest of the week was full of sunshine.
I’m in charge of teaching Bible Study to the Fantastic 4 and 5 year olds and teaching a dance rotation to all of the campers. While the first week has been great, it’s also been difficult. Confession: I’ve never really taught or interacted with the 4 and 5 year olds at LOV. I’ve always steered towards the older kids, mainly the girls, because I can relate to them. So this summer, I have a bit of a challenge before me, kind of like the walls of Jericho that we studied about last week. I feel like Joshua; I have been given and entrusted with a task that I haven’t done before. And to be honest, I was really afraid. The night before the first day of camp, I kept quoting our verse of the summer Joshua 1:9, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
I usually get the jitters when I do something new, but this time around it was different. I prayed and asked God to speak through me so that the kids will understand and let it not be me who’s talking, but God. He helped me by sending the rain and giving me two kids the first day. Bible Study went well, so well that I got a little cocky just like Joshua did when he tried to overtake Ai.
So, the second day of Bible Study, I had 8 kids, and it was terrible! I had everything planned out and got no point across. I managed to pray with them, but that was it. After Bible Study, I was so discouraged and distracted that it messed up the rest of my day. I drove to my second job after camp exhausted and reflecting on everything thing that went wrong that day. I came to the conclusion that I’m no quitter, and this task of teaching an age group that I’m not used to working with is not impossible for God. God can do big things in their lives this summer if I just let Him use me.
I’m expecting great things to happen this summer, and I’m excited to see them come to light! Keep the interns and me in your prayers as you read our blogs and view our pictures. Thank you in advance for your prayers and support!