Reading: Matthew 10: 24-39 (Click to read text)
The Camp Mount Luther Summer Ministry has finished their orientation. The real training begins now. This is our first full day with campers for Summer 2014. Lots of information has been shared with our staff, drills have been conducted, and curriculum has been studied. Now, they get to put into practice what they have learned.
One of the mantras of my time as director has been that I will never ask anyone to do something that I will not try to do myself. Meaning, if a toilet needs plunged, I'll do it. I've cleaned up messy clothes, put away sports equipment, and dealt with hurt campers. I don't feel I am above anyone else when it comes to do what is necessary to run a successful camping program.
Jesus reminds us of that lesson in this Sunday's Gospel reading. He says, "A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master." In order to do God's work, we need to get down and dirty with one another and work as a team. That is what our summer staff will be doing for the next eight weeks.
Pray for them as they do this important faith formation work. There will be times when we won't want to plunge the toilet, clean up messy clothes, or deal with hurt campers, but God will give us the strength to do just that. And God will be by our side as we work in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania this summer. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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