July 5, 2010

off to camp

Ryan left for camp yesterday. He will be gone all week. It's the longest we've ever been apart so naturally I'm missing him just a tad, well actually, a lot. But, I'm excited for this opportunity that Ryan has to serve the Lord and grow in different ways.

The week at camp will fulfill one of the requirements that all Portland State University students must meet before they graduate. It's called a Capstone. There are many different options that a student can choose but all are serving the community in one way or another.

Ryan heard about the opportunity to complete his Capstone with Royal Family Kids Camp. The organization partners with churches all over the nation to serve kids in their community who are abused and neglected.

Each child is partnered with one counselor who they will spend the week with at the camp. The group that Ryan went with sent over 90 counselors to the camp, many were return counselors who have been coming back for the last four or five years. Some counselors even stay in touch with the campers who they are placed with throughout the year.

If you think of it, please pray for Ryan and the rest of the staff that are there. There jobs won't be easy as they tend to and look after kids who perhaps have never had anyone put their arms around their shoulder and love them. Ultimately these kids need the love of Jesus and this week at camp they will have multiple opportunities to hear who Jesus is.

I selfishly wish that Ryan were here with me now, but I can't think of a better person than my husband to reach out to a young boy who so desperately needs someone to love him. Ryan's perfect for the job!

I miss you Ryan and I'm praying for you!

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