For more than 30 years, children, youth and young adults have been ministered to through the South Georgia Conference’s summer camping ministry. Through their camp experiences – whether as a camper or counselor – all have said their faith was strengthened and encouraged.
We’ll spotlight one former Leadership Team member in each of our upcoming issues.
Three-time Leadership Team member Lauren Burke Glick grew up going to camp at Epworth By The Sea. She remembers being very excited to attend as a fourth-grade student; camp felt like a “retreat” to her.
“I remember really loving my counselors because they took time to sit with me and try to answer all my questions,” she said. “Having a long time to really dive in and focus on the Bible, who God is, and what this looks like for me, was really awesome.”
Serving on the Leadership Team in 2004, 2005 and 2006 challenged Glick and helped her faith grow deeper.
“I got to serve … with some really awesome and diverse groups. The neatest part was seeing how widely God had gifted each person in the group … and how He was weaving all this together so that He would be glorified” she said. “You learn to really rely on one another.”
When Glick interviewed to be a part of the Leadership Team she realized that the camp director – the person interviewing her – was one of her former counselors.
“All the memories (of camp) come flooding back, and it made me think, ‘I want to be that for someone else. I want to encourage someone else that way,’ because those summers did have such an impact.”
God revealed Himself to her in new and mighty ways during those summers, and one story was nine years in the making.
One summer during camp Glick lost her Bible. In 2004, her first summer serving on the Leadership Team, fellow counselors found her Bible in the camp lost and found and gave it back to her as a gift.
“It was such an awesome reminder that God knows the end from the beginning and that He has plans for us even from when we are children, and is directing our paths,” she said. “It felt like confirmation that, after all these prayers, I was right where He wanted me to be.”
Glick, who currently lives near Chattanooga, Tenn. with her husband, Ben, and two daughters, Rachel and Caelyn, still serves and shares the love of Christ through her involvement with children’s ministry and community outreach.
She thinks back on her days at camp and serving on the Leadership Team with joy.
“The Leadership Team is this profound opportunity to really get to pour God’s love on these kids and to teach and remind them of His truths,” she said. “Each week is a concentrated focus on faith in action. When someone else comes alongside you as a parent and reinforces the ideas (you teach), they have greater impact. That time is invaluable – I want someone to come alongside and do that for my kids, too!”