Riskit's Eternal Impact on Reed
This year was the first year our son Reed was eligible for Camp in the City. As the week drew closer, my husband and I were excited about opportunities for his spiritual growth, and we knew he’d experience a lot of fun.
To be greeted with such enthusiasm and friendliness eased a lot of first day jitters. He was happy to tell me about all the fun stuff he’d done each day. He even tried some things he typically would have been intimidated to do. I was thrilled that each day I received a paper at drop-off that reminded me about their memory verse, key points the staff was teaching the kids about God, and how I could follow up with Reed at home. When I prompted Reed about some of the topics, he clearly recalled the discussions he’d had in his small group with his counselor “Riskit”. (Per tradition, every counselor that is a part of Pine Cove gets a fun camp name that they go by among their campers.) By mid-week, Reed was eager to buy a worship CD from the camp store, blast the worship music, & sing along with the songs that had become familiar to him. During our prayer time, he was giving thanks to God for camp & specifically for his counselor.
Thursday night, he confessed feeling sadness that his camp experience was coming to a close and that the following day was his last day. He acknowledged he would really miss Riskit and he didn’t want camp to end. At his own initiative, Reed woke early Friday morning and spent a great deal of time preparing a card for Riskit, telling him all the things he enjoyed about camp and letting him know he would miss him.
Parents and family were invited to attend the Closing Ceremony on Friday. We had the chance to sing along with their worship songs from the week, see some photos, and hear the key points taught all week about God being our creator & His unconditional love for us. After closing ceremonies, parents went to the place where their child’s small group had met all week. We surrounded the kids & their counselor as the counselor presented each child with a Character Quality Certificate. Because God has innumerable qualities & created us in His image, each of us is equipped to reflect some of His characteristics. It was heartwarming to see each child presented with a certificate that recognized the unique characteristics they demonstrated at camp.
I was able to thank Riskit for his commitment to make an impact in each of his campers’ lives – specifically for his willingness to share & live out the gospel. As we talked, I learned that Reed had accepted Christ as his Savior during his small group that morning. What a glorious moment it was to hear that my son had accepted the gift of salvation. We left knowing we would meet again one day.
I’m so thankful for the commitment that my church family has made to help sponsor a week in which the gospel of Christ is shared in an engaging & fun-filled way. This week was a demonstration of the many ways that GFC is reaching not just our own church family but the community at large. I will forever be thankful that my son experienced it.
Posted on Fri, June 13, 2014
by Allison McCown