We did it once again for the fifth year straight. A whole chunk of people from Faith Community Church took over the Sequoia group camp site at Big Basin and camped out for the weekend. It’s become such a high point of people’s lives that we have some people willingly coming to camp even though it’s their birthday, and for some their wedding anniversary. All we do is hang out around a fire, let the kids rumble through the forest, eat, hang out, eat some more, hang out, hear each other’s stories and get to know people more than we did before. I feel like every time I camp I’m experiencing something of the un-rushed rhythm of heaven.
I have tons of favorite moments from my time with the lovely people of Faith Community Church but I think my happiest moment was when I was talking to a 5th grade boy. This young man has had a rough beginning to life. He and his brother came through the foster care system, and though he’s been adopted into a fantastic, loving family, he’s had a hard time settling into feeling safe. He’s opened up his heart to Jesus as a result of our Kids Community ministry, but it’s still been a tough road for him and his adoptive family. I don’t know why but I truly believe God’s going to use this young man in a powerful way in his future. So on Saturday night, this boy came up to talk with me. We chatted and then I put my hands on both of his shoulders, looked into his eyes and said, “Buddy I want you to hear this clearly. I truly believe that God is going to use you to reach out and help many people who have had it as hard as you have had it in your life. Remember that.” He bowed his head to the ground, then looked up at me and said, “I love you Andy.” How easy it was for me to say, “I love you too buddy, and I really mean what I just said.” Definitely a cool moment for both of us!