Do you want your summer to count for something? Do you want to invest a season of your life in a cause bigger than yourself? Do you want to live in incredible Christian community? Do you want to grow spiritually and develop as a leader? Do you want to have the most impactful, unforgettable summer of your life? Then we want you!
If I may, let me speak first to your fears. In my experience, two key fears often keep students like you from giving a summer or two of their college career to the Lord. The first is a fear of the unknown. You (like many of your peers) may be thinking, I’d love to work at camp, but… I’ve got a school bill to pay…or I should probably take summer classes…or I need to think about my career…or I have a boyfriend/girlfriend back home. While those things may be true, focusing on temporal (albeit important) unknowns can keep you from being and doing all that God has planned for you. So, as you pray, keep it simple. Don’t try to make it make sense or connect all the dots or make the dollars add up before taking the first step. Instead, ask God one simple question – Lord, where do YOU want me to serve You next summer? Period. God is for you, and He has a plan for you…a preferred future (Jeremiah 29:11). And God, who is not bound by time and space, is currently present in that preferred future. And He alone knows the steps necessary to get you from where you are to where He wants you to be. So, don’t get hung up on finite details – include the only One who knows the future in the process. Put all your confidence in Him without depending on your limited understanding of situations, circumstances, or dollars. Actively seek His will. If you do, His promise to you is that He will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)
The second is a fear of missing out. There are likely several months still before summer, meaning it’s tempting to think about the potential that a “better opportunity” might arise. If God leads you to apply, do it and don’t look back. As my friend Shaunti Feldhan says, “Keeping your options open leads to anxiousness because you are worrying about the what-ifs or ‘What am I missing?’ You’re unsettled. There’s an uncertainty, and that certainly leads to a lack of peace. Whereas if I’m all in, I’m committed; it makes it easy. There’s peace because that’s the only option. Knowing there’s an eject seat will always contribute to dissatisfaction.”
If you do take the step of applying and if God does provide for you to spend next summer at Woodlands, I can promise you one thing—this will be one of the most incredible, impactful, unforgettable chapters of your life. You will be stretched, you will grow spiritually, you will develop as a leader, you will experience community like you have never seen, you will be part of something bigger than yourself, you will fall in love with God’s Word, your relationship with God will reach heights of trust, dependence, and intimacy that you never thought possible…and you will have the time of your life doing it!
Think about it. Earnestly and fervently pray about it. If there’s even a possibility that God may be calling you to serve at Woodlands, please go to woodlandscamp.org/apply. Applying does not commit you, but not applying does uncommit you. So take that step, and see what God does.
For the KING,
Big Jon, Director & CEO
God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful. (1 Thessalonians 5:24)