Wednesday Words

Good Morning Everyone! Below you will find our November Wednesday Words (on a Thursday!). I had to wait an extra day for the 2 photos but they have just arrived 😊 I’m sure you will enjoy this second post written by a member of the Day Camp Committee.
Welcome Jillian!
            Hello, Lamb on Day Camps readers! My name is Jillian Agustin, and I am a member of the Day Camp Planning Committee. This year, I have been charged with reviewing and developing the Devotional Material for the Scramblers and Climbers. I studied in Education, and am currently working as an ESL teacher at an elementary school in Montreal. 2017 marks my 9th year being involved with the ministry of CTM Day Camps.

I joined the Travelling Team as a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed 14-year old in 2009. It was my first time doing ministry anywhere other than my home church, First Filipino Baptist. I had no concept of the Day Camp program or how the summer would unfold, but I knew that I loved children and I loved God. So off I went, with zero expectations. I don’t think anything could have ever prepared me for what was to come. Children came to Christ, communities welcomed us with open arms, and God transformed people’s hearts. That very first summer stretched and strengthened my faith and I was more than convinced to come back on Team the next year

With my very first Travelling Team (L to R): David Gurley, me, and SamHarris

         Fast-forward to 2015; the last time I joined the Travelling Team for the full summer. It was my 1st year as a Training Team Leader, my 3rd year as a Committee Member, my 4th year as a Team Leader, and my 7th year as a Team Member. At this point, Day Camps had become a huge part of my life. I had been pulled into the “Day Camp Vortex” for good! Even though there was pressure for me to work during the summer in order to fund my university degree, I felt strongly that God was calling me back to volunteer in the ministry one last time. Yes, it took sacrifice, but what God returned in the end was remarkable. I had the chance to go back to the Native Reserves in Saskatchewan for the THIRD time, and re-connect with my dear friend, billet and mentor, Reverend Vicki Young. I was able to re-kindle relationships with campers that had started 5 years before, and got to see how they had all grown up. I was able to share everything I loved about the communities we visited with two fresh new Team Members, Maddie and Kelvin.

My Team in 2015
(L to R:) Maddie Rudwick, me, and Kelvin Alvarado

In the seven years of being involved with Day Camps, I have seen God work in and through people of all ages. I am incredibly blessed to be a tiny piece in the gigantic puzzle of God’s plan to further His kingdom. Thank you all for supporting this financially, physically, and spiritually (through your prayers!) Please pray for us in the Day Camps Planning Committee as we work toward the new season of 2018. Pray for guidance and direction for Valerie and the team. And above all, pray that all of this work brings glory and honour to God. Amen!
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