“The Work God Is Doing Here”
When I was the Chaplain at the Methodist Children’s Home I remember working with at risk kids and families there. For most of the kids we served at the Home they came from no experience of church or very little. For many of them the first time they had ever experienced a worship service was the first time they walked in our chapel. I saw first hand what it was like for a child or a young person to live life with very little if any sense of God or faith or hope. What I also experienced there was what happened in the life of a child or a young person when they began to realize the difference and for the first time in their young lives they were taught the difference. It was really miraculous to watch the transformation happening before your very eyes as they began to realize there is a God who loves them as they are and who invites them into a living, loving relationship. For many of them for the first time in their lives there was someone who they could count on being there for them regardless of what life looked like. It was so powerful watching and witnessing the light coming on for them in terms of a faith relationship with God and the difference such living made in their lives.
We never know what is going on in the life of any of our campers as they are with us. I would hazard to guess that many of them are at risk for a multitude of reasons. I have thought about how similar camp is to the life we sought to create at the Methodist Children’s Home. The common trait in both is the experience of Christian community founded and empowered by God’s grace. Such an experience is life changing for anyone who is exposed to it. We are so blessed to be a part of such work. There really is no way to describe the work of grace in such an intentional community. All I can tell you is that it saved my own daughter’s life at a time of hurt, anger, and confusion. Her behavior was at risk in response to her parent’s divorce. She came to work at camp that summer. God’s grace in the midst of Christian community found her and led her out of the anger, hurt, and confusion to a place of hope, love, and faith. I will forever be indebted to this ministry for being the vehicle through which God’s grace healed her and loved her to a place of health and wholeness.
Such is the work God does here. Such is the work we are blessed with doing!!!!
Much grace always,
Rev. Travis Franklin