Reading: 1 Kings 17:8-24 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: The widow of Zarephath was our story in one of our camp curricula since I’ve been director. If memory serves, it was the year we talked about how God provides for us and gives us everything we need.
We’ve done a lot of camp curricula in the many years I’ve been involved with Mount Luther. This summer, we will look at “La Frontera,” and see places where Jesus meets us. We did this curriculum in 2006 and I chose to do it again this year because it is one of the studies that I really liked. I think it is important for our campers to know that wherever they are, Jesus is there in their midst.
I wonder what lessons this summer the campers will remember years from now? As I write this, I think of a camper who just recently got in touch and told me how much camp meant to him and how he is pursing a career in outdoor ministries because of his experiences here. The work we do in this place is important and vital in the life of our church.
As we begin staff training today, we begin another chapter in the history of Camp Mount Luther. The pages are blank as we write the story of Summer 2016. Please pray for the staff and campers this summer. Follow us on social media and read the camp’s weekly newsletter. It is my hope that in years to come, our campers and staff will remember the Bible stories, like this one, that have been part of our curriculum and they’ll be able to relate the lessons they learn to their every day lives. –Chad Hershberger