Although I have never attended MK Camp as a camper, it has impacted me with my experience on CREW. My first year on CREW was in the summer of 2015. I was only on for a week, but it was one of the best weeks of the summer. While on the team I also was leading worship and one of the photographers just for the 11-13 y/o camp. One thing I love about CREW is that every single morning after breakfast cleanup, then the team has a Bible study. One thing I love doing is talking about the Bible with others and seeing different points of view on scripture. It is an incredibly insightful time.
Over the week with the team, we developed really good bonds with one another. We would joke around and play games during our time to rest. When it was time to work, people did their jobs and it was so great to see everyone’s willing attitudes to do what they are asked. During CREW you really get to see people’s heart and love for God.
One of my favorite moments from that first summer with DPB was when I led worship and we all sang “Blessed Be Your Name.” All the campers were singing it at the tops of their lungs. It was incredibly encouraging seeing people really focus on the words they were singing and worshiping God in such a genuine way. Every single time I play that song now; I become overjoyed with the memory of camp.
My second time on CREW was in the summer of 2016. I believe that God used that time to encourage and stretch me. He brought incredibly important people into my life who fill me with such immense joy and love. They filled me with such wisdom and guidance when I needed help. The people on CREW that someone serves with are so important because God has placed them there for a specific reason and to have a specific impact on one’s life. I know that because of the people I have served with, they have impacted me for the better.
I remember asking a group of campers who would like to join CREW someday and one said he would like to. I then told him, “It is such an amazing experience, but be prepared to have a layer of sunscreen, bug spray, and sweat on every single day.” In CREW we create so many good memories, but we do a lot of hard work and it ends in taking multiple showers a day. The shared work, though, creates a sense of camaraderie because we all go through the same thing (though, the boys just carry heavier piles of wood). My time on CREW has been some of the best times with teams that I have ever experienced. Although I spent at most two weeks with them, you have a whole new understanding of people and you can know them on a deeper level (thanks to deep conversations by the campfire at night).
All in all, CREW has impacted me. It has changed the way I serve people and how I view service. It is not just something you do in order to please others, but show them the love of God and your love for God. In CREW we joke around, we serve, we love, and we praise God in all we do. In an environment like that, I don’t know how I wouldn’t be impacted. Thanks, DPB!
In the Summer of 2014, when I was 15 years old, I spent a week at MK camp. I went completely closed off to God and with two simple purposes: to make friends, and have fun. Not only did I leave having met some of my closest friends, with memories of fantastic adventures and new experiences, but I left with having given my life to Jesus Christ.
From day one of camp God was tugging at my heart. I was surrounded by other MK’s that had stories similar to mine. Everyone, from the leaders to the other kids at camp were so fun, yet they had something other teenagers didn’t have. As I tried new sports such as rock climbing, archery, and canoeing, I got to see true Christ followers interact with each other. God was so attractive in them.
One morning I woke up early. As I left my room I looked down the hallway and I saw one of the guys sitting and reading his Bible. I was completely fascinated and shocked that someone, a teenage boy of all people, would want to wake up early to spend time in God’s word.
The last night of camp, I finally gave Jesus my all. Since camp, I have grown so much in my relationship with Jesus and I can see and love people how he does. I now understand that God has placed my family overseas to share the hope that I have found in him. I’m not sure what the future holds for me, but I do know that I will follow him all the days of my life and I am ready and willing to go wherever God sends me.
Hello my name Avery Heston, I am 16 years old and I serve as a MK in Kosovo. I have had the fortunate opportunity to go to Mk camp twice in my life and both times it has impacted my life. Before I went to Mk camp this past year I have never realized the importance of trusting in God.
I have always had faith, but I always found it hard to trust. As we went through the life of Joseph I then realized the importance of trust alone, but ultimately trust in God. Now when a situation comes up and it doesn’t look good I can now find peace because I have trust in God.
I also realized the importance to run away from temptation. Now whenever I am faced with temptation I think of Joseph and how he ran away from it because he knew it wasn’t what God wanted. Now some months after MK camp I feel even more ready in a way that I know what I have to do spiritually to win the tests that God is challenging me with.
Before MK camp I bottled up a lot of emotion in the hope that it would just go away, but as I was at camp I felt the need to share it. I had an awesome leader who was willing to talk and help me through the hard times without judging me. After MK camp I have felt more relieved in the sense that I know more about God and I met people who I can go to for accountability and to talk with when I have hard times.
MK camp is a true blessing and has helped me know God more and His awesome power. Understanding God more has helped me continue life the way God has planned for me.