I have the best job in the world! I get to work alongside college students and young adults who love Jesus and give up their summers and their lives to impact junior high and high school students with the gospel. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
Our vision at Mount Hermon is “Lives Transformed.” For our youth camps, this means that we want students to have much more than just a mountain top experience. We don’t want them to have a great camp experience and then return to the same old life while making the same old decisions. We pray regularly that students return home changed for eternity after camp because they have encountered Jesus, the Living God.
We have had the privilege of hearing countless stories of changed lives this past summer.
One group of guy high school students committed to meeting each day for 21 days after camp to read the daily passage and share with one another what God is teaching them.
One student left a week of Ponderosa wanting to go to church and to a youth group because of what God had done in her life. She desperately wanted more than a camp high. Last we heard, both this student and her mom had become involved in a local church.
Another student wrote the entire Ponderosa staff a letter saying,
“Dear Ponderosa Staff, I became a Christian through Mount Hermon 5 summers ago. You truly transformed my life and I love EVERYthing about camp…I adore Ponderosa more than any home or other activity. You fulfill me and bring me consistently closer to the Father.”
Yet another student told us his counselor taught him so much about God’s love and grace. He went on to tell us that his counselor gave him a verse that crushed any doubts he ever had about God’s love–Romans 8:38-39.
Lastly, a male high school student wrote this:
“I have finally and truly connected and accepted Jesus in my life in one of the greatest experiences of my life Wednesday night.”
These are just a few of hundreds of stories from this summer!
I sit here in disbelief that I get paid to do this job. What a gift from God!