Chattanooga - day fourJune 30, 2017
Thursday was a great day filled with aching bodies and exhausted middle schoolers. These are the days where things have the tendency to get a little messy. The vans, for starters, are a complete disaster, cabins are as well, and it seems no matter how much you coach a kid on the proper way to cut a lawn or paint a fence, you're still seeing streaks when they're done.
Relationships get a little raw too. The subtle hurts experienced over the course of the week add up: someone feels left out of their friend group, or feels ganged up on at the worksite, or has their hearts broken when their camp crush reveals the feelings aren't mutual. All these things and so many more combine with exhaustion and the rhythm of camp to create opportunities for relational growth. It's not always easy but it's usually an important time.
It's also a time where Jesus can really go to work. The kids can start to see in each other and in counselors what it means to die to self and to live for Christ. Apologies are never easy, heartbreak is never fun, and hard work despite exhaustion is not natural, but here in Chattanooga these kids are stretching themselves and putting on the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) in the process.
That's it for today, but stay tuned! We'll be posting some highlights and favorite moments from the trip soon!