By Leora Mazurovsky
Our annual sleep-away
"Reshet" (congregational network) Camp is a labor of love, made possible by
the hard work and generosity of so many people. Experiencing community life
24/7 together is what I imagine it must be like to live in the very best
kibbutz. Orit and David work with me from beginning to end to come up with
the theme and supporting activities, and implement them. Then there are the
teens and young adults from our congregational network who serve as
counselors from morning until night, and the pastors who come and share
during the evening meetings. And finally there are our friends and
co-laborers who fly all the way from Abilene, TX to do everything else!
With a group like this, how could camp be anything less than a great
This year, our theme was "Becoming Heroes". We explored the many
facets of heroes - fictional and real, biblical and modern. It was great
fun to impart this concept to the kids through drama, crafts, teaching and
activities. But I was most touched by a short teaching given by a dear
friend from Texas. Tammy and her husband, Pat, have been serving at the
camp for years. They have a special heart for our kids - encouraging them
to grow in the love and understanding of God.
That last morning, in our final meeting (sitting on the floor because all
the chairs and tables had already been put away), Tammy walked to the front
of the hall with bags of river rocks in her hands. On each rock was hand
written the word (Hai -
life). As the bags were passed around and everyone chose a rock, Tammy
told us how they could not afford to come this year. Then, through the
generosity of friends, and some inexpensive airline tickets, it became
possible. She explained that this gift of rocks was inspired by Joshua 4.
Just as God commanded the Israelites to collect stones from the riverbed
to make a lasting memorial to His miraculous provision, these small
stones were a tangible reminder that God is the source of everything in
Tammy's "sermon" wasn't planned to fit neatly into the series of
"hero" messages that we had scheduled for the week, and yet in a
providential way it did. Because ultimately, our desire for these precious
kids whom we entertained and taught all week, is that they grow into heroes
of faith, impacting their friends, community and country for God. This will
only happen when they understand that our God is faithful, yesterday, today
and tomorrow. He will provide them with the courage and resources to do
all He is calling them to do, that they may be heroes for Him.
As summer passes and camp becomes only a fun memory, my "life" rock sits
on the kitchen windowsill to remind me of the heroic life that God desires
to raise up within each one of us.