As I reflect on my time overseas, some of the fondest memories that I have come from MK camp. I lived in Bulgaria for a total of 4 years, from 2006 to 2010, and was so blessed to have had the opportunity to experience camp, which was something a lot of missionary kids lost when leaving the states.
I still vividly remember the campground…a large house where the girls slept…several tents where the boys slept, one of which was a massive tent I always tried to claim a spot in (and indulge in long nights of playing RISK with the other boys)…a sand volleyball court where so many crazy games were played…I remember the shed where all the archery gear was kept, I remember mountain biking, rock climbing (Genesis and Exodus were their names I think?), but most of all I remember how beautiful of a place it was.
Every night a group of us would go out to stargaze and be in awe of stars so bright and big...of space so eternal and us so small and insignificant. To this day I haven’t experienced beauty so real, so serene, and so powerful. This was where I began to truly understand and know God for myself.
There was a power and excitement that could be felt the moment you arrived…you knew this place was special. It was a place we could come and feel normal again. A place where we could meet more kids similar to us that knew what life was like in another country. It is crazy to think this was over 6 years ago for me.
When people look back on their lives, there are always certain life events or changes that are pivotal in shaping and molding who we become as people. For me, one of those big life events was moving to Europe. MK camp helped ensure that the shaping and molding that occurred in me during my time there was one that was centered around Christ and His love, and His mercy, and His sacrifice, and the way that He called us to live as children of light and to serve Him in all that we do.
6 years later, I have since graduated from Taylor University in Upland, IN where I studied Exercise Science and played collegiate football, and am currently obtaining my Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.
I hope to someday use my gifts in physical therapy throughout the mission field, serving and being used by Him and continuing to live a life with values and beliefs that were instilled in me during my time at MK camp.