God always works in amazing ways at Camp Nikos. It is always encouraging to see the counselors and campers get to know each other. One duo that stands out is Hazel and Kendall. Hazel was a returning counselor, but Kendall had never been to camp before. Not coming directly from one of our programs, we didn’t know her as well as the other campers. However, we found out very soon that Kendall was extremely afraid of dogs. Every time she would see a dog walking around camp, she’d hide behind Hazel or have Hazel pick her up. It even got to the point where she didn’t want to go anywhere because she was so scared. Hazel did an amazing job supporting Kendall through her fear even though nothing seemed to be helping. Since Kendall didn’t want to go anywhere and was sticking so close to her counselor the entire time, this brought up plenty of time for the girls to talk.
Kendall started asking questions about God, “Who is God?,” “What happens when we die?,” “Will dogs be in heaven?” Hazel’s patient and loving spirit toward her camper made Kendall feel comfortable enough to ask these things and learn about God and Jesus. Hazel helped Kendall feel safe and she learned to trust in God when we are afraid. Moments like these greatly impact both the counselor and the camper.
On March 20-23, we are hosting this year’s Spring Camp Nikos for elementary-age children from East Austin. We are finishing up our series “Facing Giants,” where campers like Kendall learn what the Bible teaches us about giants in our lives. Every day we face giants such as fear, anger, greed, and idolatry. Camp Nikos provides a safe and loving environment with a one-on-one camper to counselor ratio. The low ratio gives each student the opportunity to build Christ-centered relationships, gives the counselors the ability to share the love and hope of Christ to a hurting child, and allow life transformation to happen. $375 sponsors a child to attend camp. This includes food, transportation, lodging, Bibles, and needed toiletries. Will you partner with us to share the hope of Christ to those in need? Join us by giving today!