It’s hard to believe that three sessions have already come and gone out here at good ole Deer Run, but wow; what an incredible four weeks it has been! We kicked off the summer with a brand new group, a brand new schedule, and a brand new Mess Hall, but we didn’t allow all the change to stop us from jumping straight into Camp. Those unique experiences that are a part of why we all love Camp so much are still alive and well. For example, we turned Canteen into a water park during third session, and I don’t think there has ever been a more fun night canteen! Watching all those kids arrive after their cookout and seeing the excitement and awe fill their eyes as they approached a huge water slide instead of the Canteen steps was something I won’t soon forget!
We have enjoyed getting to see our new group, the Tawakas, find their place out here at Deer Run. They seem to have established themselves well as our middle group, and they have even created their own trademark outcamping food: Tawaka Tacos. Let me tell you, those Tawaka Tacos might give that Hoche Chicken a run for its money, but you didn’t hear it from me.
As far as the new Mess Hall is concerned, it’s almost surreal how different it is from the old one, but watching two groups eat at the same time and fellowship together over a meal is a constant reminder of what a blessing this change is and will continue to be, and I can’t wait to see how the Lord will continue to use this new building to bless not only Camp as a place but the campers and staff that come through those gates.
With all that change, we had to hit the ground running when first session arrived, and we haven’t stopped since and neither has the Lord. The presence of the Lord has been so evident this summer. From moments spent singing at Hymn Time to those laughter-filled ones spent around the fire at a cookout, it is clear that God is working in the lives of these campers and the staff. It is exciting to be a part of a mission in which you can see the hand of the Lord working so patiently and diligently in the hearts of the people around you.
It has been a wonderful summer so far; the Lord is surely at work in these East Texas woods, and we can’t wait to see what else He has in store for us as the rest of the summer approaches.
Written by Morgan Taylor – Head Women’s Counselor