Camp Chestermere is relaunching #lovecampc for the month of February. We are looking for 28 people who will take one day during the month of February to specifically pray for Camp Chestermere throughout that day. We know that many of you pray constantly for Camp Chestermere and trust me, we need it. But we are looking for 28 dedicated people who will take one day to press in and contend for Camp Chestermere.
Throughout or at the end of your day, we invite you to email us or post on social media about your experience. We believe the Holy Spirit is going to speak to people about camp during this time and we would love to hear what He was saying to you.
Here's how it works:
Email me a couple of dates you would be interested in taking
I will confirm a date with you
The day before your date I will email you a reminder with some suggested topics
Pray for us throughout that day
Email or post about your experience. If posting on social media then use #lovecampc
The email or social media posting is a suggestion and not a requirement
Here are some examples from emails I received in 2017:
It was an honour praying for the Camp yesterday. I spent most of my time praying for you and your staff and the staff that will come in the Spring/Summer. God is with you. This is His work. I am grateful you and your team are his hands and feet for this time at the Camp. You are all deeply appreciated, and that came clearer to me as I prayed. I thank God for you all! Blessings on your day!
Spending some time in prayer and worship this morning, and I think God was placing a few things on my heart. He is on the move in so many mighty ways! Camp is one of those "thin places" that allows us to see God more clearly and connect with him so deeply. People are free to come as they are, and through Christ's grace alone, they can find healing. I know I have felt the effects in my own life, and I am praying for everyone who will step foot on site this year, and that they would be able to lay down their burdens, and simply come as they are.
I think authenticity is a word to describe this year at camp. The genuine love and humble service of the staff team invites people coming on site to take off the armor they walked in protecting themselves with. God's extravagant love creates a safe and holy space for them and for all of you.
I felt like I should pray for camp despite feeling very unqualified for the job. It's easy to begin feeling a little bit alienated from camp after not being there for a while. I also feel kind of distant from prayer currently, but for some reason I still felt like I should do it. Praying about camp was a great initiative to sort of refresh my perspective on camp and faith. Camp is a sanctuary for the weak and hurting, a non-judgemental and fun space where we can leave the challenges of real life behind us for a while. It is a wonderful thing to have year round staff who are willing to be consistently present in a very spiritually challenging job. It is my sense that the dedication that the current leadership team has to the camp is such a blessing. For your team, I pray for energy, wisdom, grace, balance, and compassion. For me as a child, camp was an opportunity to connect and grow. I pray that the cabin leaders this summer have insight into what each child needs, and that they would find ways to open the doors to kids' hearts honestly and gently. I really sympathize with the role of the cabin leaders - I often feel like I'm not good enough for God to use, like I make mistakes too often or that I'm not spiritual or dedicated enough to help. I know that there will be cabin leaders who feel the same way I do, and I pray that God fills them with the knowledge that they can purposefully remove thorns from hearts through him.
Thanks in advance and I am excited about what the Holy Spirit is going to communicate to people about Camp. I look forward to hearing from you.