Saturday, 30 May 2015


I received extremely similar reactions from people when I told them I was going to be working in Kelowna for the summer. "It is so beautiful there!" "It's God's country!' and so on. The most beautiful thing I have experienced here, however, is not the mountains or the weather, but an incredible community that has blessed me beyond words. There are six of us on the leadership team at Green Bay, and from my first day I knew the group was special. Many of you know Sid and Jenn Koop and have experienced first hand their hospitality, but watching God move through them here has not only been a blessing but an inspiration and culture creator for our summer. Last night multiple families from around the city were invited to come together for a game of kick the can at the camp. The rain soon turned those plans into an impromptu game of dodge ball in the gym and I was almost in tears watching families play together. As we sat around the fire and as I returned to the Koop house the next day to find a dozen kids still hanging out in their home, my heart leaped. I realized, this is community and this was going to be my entire summer. Green Bay is different in the way that they provide 6 different family camps, and it wasn't until last night that I fully understood why. Games build relationships, and relationships build stronger families. Creating an environment for families to play together is something that is so needed in our busy culture. The motivation to put down the i-whatever and build lifelong memories. Us staff have all come with different camp backgrounds and ideas, but with one purpose; to see God change lives. I truly believe He is going to do that this summer through this camp. Please pray for us and all those running various camps this summer. I know I would not be the same person without the experiences I had there.