Monday Motivational – Connecting and Staying Connected
Welcome to another Monday Motivational! During the last week or so I have had the opportunity to meet with some new people and catch-up with some others. Overall these meetings were great, and helped to show me more concretely that when working in ministry, and in life in general, the networks we make and pursue are very important. I spent some time reflecting on what a good first impression means, what accessibility involves, and wondering how you remain connected to the numerous people you get to meet in your weekly life. All of these things are important in your adult life while navigating your career path, but little time and effort goes into teaching how to do and manage them.
The culture we are living in revolves so heavily around technology, which seems like a great outlet for accessibility and connecting, but if we are not learning to use our technology for these things we are missing growth opportunities. How then do we start using these social media outlets in a way that strengthens our presence in the lives of others while also expressing our purpose as believers? Being someone who fails miserably at using technology I don’t know the answer to that. I do know that people look through our social media platforms and make assessments and judgments about who they think we are so we need to start treating these platforms as avenues to point others to Christ.
John 13:35 says, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”. Are you using your social media to show love to others? Are you using it to uplift and encourage others? Or are you the type of person who likes to scroll through and judge other people because you know they are doing the same to you? Regardless of what your method has been in past, make an intentional effort to use your social media presence to encourage, uplift, and point others to Christ.
Now, of course this is easier said than done, but as a believer we have the Word of God to help us! We can look to the life of Christ and learn from the way he treated others. Christ also gives us the perfect outline for how to stay connected through His discipleship of the twelve. What better way to remain connected to those we meet than by joining along side them in discipleship growth? In my personal opinion there is not one! Christ tells us that the two greatest commandments are to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” in Luke 10:27. Paul tells us in Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant then yourself.”.
If we want to connect and stay connected to the people we come into contact with throughout our week we must make a life style out of loving God and loving others!
I apologize for not having a Monday Motivational last, and I will continue to try my best to get one posted every week! I hope that your week is full of successful opportunities to love God and others is such a way that they see Christ living and working through you!
Monday Motivational – Focusing on Christ
Welcome to another Monday Motivational! This week I am going to try and be candid again. I didn’t realize it until after I started doing these weekly posts that for someone without a lot of fun stories or relatable life situations or vast biblical knowledge presenting something new every week is difficult! This brought me to the conclusion of what I needed to share this week. The reality of that statement about this being difficult is only true when the focus I have for these Monday Motivationals is on myself. How can I relate to the readers? How can I help someone get through a tough week? How can I make a difference in the lives of those who are reading these posts? My hope for these posts is not for me to help or change your life, but to point you in the direction of the person who can—Christ!
At some point from starting these Monday Motivationals to now I have lost focus on that. I hope that it was not obvious that this happened, but it definitely did. Amidst the chaos of what I viewed as a busy schedule I allowed myself to get distracted and take ownership of these posts rather than doing what I set out to do—encourage you guys to focus on Christ at the start of your week and surrender the week to Him. It is a testing step of faith to place our week in the guiding hands of the Spirit before the week gets under way, but it is a liberating step when we do it. If our focus is on anything other than Christ we will fall victim of sinking into the storm just like Peter in Matthew 14:22-33.
It is impressive to others when they see us swimming strong in the middle of a storm, but our goal should not be to impress others. We serve a God that wants us to walk atop the water with our focus solely on His son and our Savior! I hope that when your life gets chaotic, busy, and stressful you will align your focus on Christ who is in control of the storms and has everything we need to make it through them victoriously.
Monday Motivational – Press Onward
Welcome to another Monday Motivational guys! I hope that your week has gotten off to a great start so far. It is supposed to be a somewhat rainy week, so prepare yourself for that now and make the best of it as it comes! I know you didn’t decide to read this post because of my intuitive weather app reading skills though. Instead lets dive into what this Monday Motivational is about this week. I want to take a moment to be completely transparent with you and let you know that last week was a rough week for me all around. I have felt physically ill, mentally exhausted, and spiritually discouraged—perfect combination right?
I thought I was just having a rough few days and that it would all pass, but as the week went on I found my situation remaining the same. I am sure that this is not an experience specific to me, so if you have ever found yourself going through a week or phase of life similar to the one I have been going through don’t feel alone. Have confidence that fellow believers are in your corner and ready to carry that burden with you. One of the guys in my bible study last Thursday said that he was going to pray for us to lean into God more often and have an understanding of how much we need to lean into God as a first option rather than a last resort. I am not sure how that prayer affected the lives of the other guys in our bible study, but it was clearly needed and impactful in my life last week.
I was encouraged in my reading of 1 Thessalonians this morning that the only real option we have when going through a rough patch of life is to press onward. 1 Thessalonians chapter 2 verses 1 through 4 says, “For you yourselves know, brothers, that our coming to you was not in vain. But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict. For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.” (ESV) In our walk with Christ we will face much conflict, suffer, and be treated shamefully in ways that are not precisely like Paul’s, but in ways that are parallel. Paul did not show a desire to give up during these times, but rather “had a boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in midst of much conflict”.
When we find ourselves in the midst of a rough patch it is crucial that we press onward. As believers giving up or throwing in the towel to suffering and conflict cannot be an option. We have been entrusted with the same gospel that Paul was entrusted with so we must “speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.” with the same boldness. Throughout this week, whether things are going great or things seem hopeless, make leaning into God a priority from the start and not a last resort. Make pressing onward a habit that is founded in the faith you have in God’s control and sovereignty in your life!
Happy Monday guys!
Monday Motivational – Who said that?
Welcome back to another Monday Motivational guys! I hope that these short reads are helping make your Monday’s just a little bit better. If they aren’t, I’m sorry to hear that but I also never claimed to be good at this. Speaking of things I am not good at—I have a horrible memory. I can most times recognize a face and potentially place where it was that I saw that face before, but when I comes to names, information about a person, or details of an event that happened I am not great at all. This is a horrible problem to have when a majority of your job is supposed to be about making people feel cared for, involved, and worth investing in. As I have aged the severity of this problem has lessened, and I do a little bit better but it takes full effort. The same thing sort of happened in my spiritual life as well.
I was blessed to have grown up in the church, but I am not sure that I was given that much of an advantage because of it. I know that I was taught the stories of Jonah, Noah, Daniel, Joseph, Samson, Ruth, etc.—all with those classy 90’s felt boards I am sure—but I do not remember learning about them the first time. I am not sure if my views on these people come from the blind obedience of a child following a leader, or if I have been able to reinvest in the life and story of these people to create my own thoughts through the guidance of the Spirit. What I do know is that I have a small number of misguided truths because I heard something one to many times as a child without getting the context or, more realistically, not understanding the context of it. A great example of this is something that I think most of us have heard anywhere from one time to one thousand times.
You guessed it—maybe—but the saying I’m talking about is “money is the root of all evil”. I cannot count high enough to tell you how many times I heard that or some variation of it growing up. And I do not mean only in the church or from church people, but I heard this saying everywhere. The actual scripture behind this saying is found in 1 Timothy 6:10 , “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”. It is clear here that the money has little to do with the problem, but rather the construct of loving and craving something that does not deserve to be loved or craved. By loving money you are putting value where it does not belong. Our love should go to God and to others—in that order. In all three accounts of Jesus being asked which commandment is the greatest or most important in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Christ responds by telling them to love God and love others.
It is important for us to validate, test, and discern what we are told is truth and biblical. Moving forward take time to challenge what you are told and see if it holds up to the word of God. If you don’t take time to do this you will grow up believing something ridiculous like money is the root of all evil. One of the ways that I try to avoid doing this is to ask myself “who said that?”. Whenever you are told something is a truth that you should cling to, make sure that truth is actually a truth from God and not just an opinion of the person who told it to you. Find out who said it and what the context is so that you can avoid craving things that do not deserve to be craved.
I hope that your week is full of intentional moments of asking yourself “who said that?” in a way that helps bring you closer to the truth of God.
Monday Motivational: To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain
Welcome back to another Monday Motivational! I hope that last week was full of growth, encouragement, and new experiences. This week we are going to be looking at some more words of wisdom from Paul. I don’t know about you, but I get so much encouragement and conviction from reading the Pauline letters. Most of Paul’s letters were written to believers facing a problem, and even though we may not be facing that same exact problem, we are constantly being attacked by satan and the letters of Paul can help us be prepared for that. Today I want us to look a passage in Philippians chapter 1. Our focus will be on verses 19-30, but I highly recommend reading the whole chapter when you have a few minutes to spare!
Paul’s objective in this passage is to reveal to the saints in Philippi that our goal should be providing an example of giving glory to God whether in life or death. (verses 19-20) Paul famously writes “For to me to live is Christ, and to dies is gain.” in verse 21. If we choose to stop reading right there we could potentially miss what Paul is trying to convey. He continues to breakdown what he means in the coming verses. Lets look at these two statements to get the full understanding of what Paul was saying.
We will start with “to live is Christ”. As a believer our life must point to and strive toward that of Christ. Paul says in verse 22 “to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me”. He does not mean to live in his sinful flesh, but rather to live in his physical body. The fruitful labor is the work he will endure for the progression of the gospel of Christ and all those who will come to know Christ as their savoir because of this labor. He goes on to say in verse 27 that we must “let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ”. The Greek translation of this also means “only behave as citizens worthy of the gospel of Christ”. Believers have been given citizenship in heaven and our life must be a living sacrifice to Christ. Therefore, “to live is Christ”!
Moving on to “to die is gain”. Paul says in verse 23 “I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better”. For us as individuals at our point of salvation we are given citizenship in heaven, which means after death we will be with Christ. Our death becomes the greatest gain imaginable at that point—to be rid of this world of sin and temptation, and to be in the presence of Christ and fullness. We instinctively fear death because it is portrayed as an end to what is and a separation from the people and things that we love. However, through our death we receive togetherness with Christ for eternity. Therefore, “to die is gain”!
We need to use the time we are given to “live in a manner that is worthy of the gospel of Christ”, but we cannot live in fear of death. In verse 29 Paul says, “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake”. When we believe in Christ we can look to His life and strive for a likeness in it. We can also know that in our death He will be glorified, and we will receive the greatest gain!
I hope that you have an amazing week! Stay dry with all this rain that is supposed to come.
Value: You > Me
Welcome back to another Monday Motivational! I hope that last weeks look into what we learned during our Mid-Winter retreat was helpful and insightful when obstacles arose throughout the week. Today I would like to talk with you about something we have all most likely dealt with at some point—personal value. The American idea of value we all learn as kids is that everyone’s value is equal at the start (born into freedom in the land of opportunities), but as an individual you can work towards greatness, success, fame, or wealth and eventually make your value greater than the value of others. As believers we know that this mentality could not be further from the truth.
I was blessed to be raised in a church and in a family that showed me I was valuable in their eyes and in the eyes of God. However, I was also foolish enough to fall for satan’s trap of comparison and acceptance on an almost everyday basis. It is tough to go from hearing about your value in God’s eyes to being completely rejected by your peers. In the eyes of my classmates, teammates, and other everyday acquaintances I was a below average kid. This constant belittlement of my personal value made it difficult for me to agree with what I was hearing in Sunday school, bible studies, and from my family. Because of this constant feeling of less than I have grown up to have little by means of self-esteem and self worth. Of course when I reflect back now I understand that I was searching for value in the wrong places, but my opinion of myself, that has been molded out of years of constant rejection and feeling less than, will not simply change overnight.
It is important for us to understand that we are valuable to God and the opinions of others is just satan trying to get a stronghold on our view of personal value. We were made in God’s image and likeness (Gen. 1:26-27) and we are loved by Him with an unconditional, forever enduring, love (Psalm136:2). Unlike the American way of working harder to create more value in yourself to broaden the space between you and those “less valuable”, a believer works harder to draw near to God and along the way we will have a more clear understand of His opinion on our value and how His love for us does not differ from His love for others. Our goal should not be to show those around us that we are valuable and they are not. The goal is to show others that they are valued by God and in humility express to them that they are more valuable than yourself.
In Paul’s letter to the saints in Philippi he says, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3). Hearing this growing up I thought it would be the easiest way to show others I was a believer. My view of self was drastically low, so it would not take much for me to treat others as more significant then myself. The reality of this statement is that Paul was not challenging the people of Philippi to count others as if they are more significant than their own opinion of self, but to count others, in humility, as if they are more significant than God’s opinion of themselves. This drastically changes the challenge, but if we can teach this to the current youth we will see a generation rise up that not only understands God’s value put on their own life but also the value of others and the importance of showing others they are valued in the eyes of God. A generation with this mentality could truly make a difference. A generation with this mentality could bring glory to God!
I hope that you have an amazing week!
Monday Motivational - Mid-Winter Recap
As mentioned last week, we are starting a new blog post layout where every Monday we will post a simple (yet hopefully impactful!) devotional. Something encouraging to reflect on for the week ahead, as well as uplift you from whatever last week held. This weeks Monday Motivational is going to be a recap of what we learned during our Mid-Winter Retreat at the beginning of the year! Lets get into it.
I think it is important for me to mention who our speaker was even though he would disagree. We were blessed to have Michael Hancock, along with his wonderful wife Chelsea, as our speaker this year. Michael is a Knoxville native who grew up in the Alice Bell community. During his schooling years he attended Berean Christian School. While a student there he lead bible studies, participated in student government, and played soccer among other extra curricular activities. He was a camp counselor for us for a couple of summers as well. He is a young man that is intentional about seeking the will of God and leads his family in that manner too. Being someone that I look up to spiritually made it all the more a special weekend for me. Although I was thrilled about the fact Michael was speaking for us, I was even more excited about what he spoke on and I cannot wait to share it with you!
Session 1 Breakdown:
The main theme of session one was for us to be rooted in Jesus Christ. To be rooted in Christ we must first understand why it is important for it to be Christ that we are rooted in and not simply the concept of church or the theology we hear there. From what we learn in Romans 3:20-23 it is made clear that if we try to obey the law in order to justify ourselves in the eyes of God we will fall short because that is us trying to be our own root system. This falling short has a consequence that is very drastic, but also very real. What is the consequence you ask? Great question and the answer can be found just a few chapters later in 6:23. The wage (consequence) we pay for falling short of God’s glory is death. However, when we fall short God extends a free gift to us which is “eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”. Jump back to 3:24 and we can also learn that we “are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”. It is crucial for us to build our life upon this truth that our wrongdoing has one consequence, and that only Jesus could overcome it. In addition to being rooted in Christ to understand our salvation, we were also challenged to root ourselves in Christ through an understanding of his sovereignty. Colossians 1:15-20 paints a beautiful picture of the sovereignty of Christ. Take a moment to read those verses if you would like and reflect on the fact that Christ is the “image of the invisible God’, “firstborn of all creation”, “all things were created through him and for him”, “in him all things hold together”, and “in him the fullness of God was pleased to dwell”. Jesus Christ is sovereign and offered himself up as a sacrifice to pay the consequence we could never pay. As believers we must root ourselves in this truth!
Session 2 Breakdown:
The main theme of session two was for us to be rooted in scripture. It is mind bottling to think about what all went into the making of God’s word. Sixty-six books, around forty authors, written over 1,500 years all coming together to point ahead and back to the Messiah. In the life of a believer scripture must become a necessity. There are many reasons for scripture to be a necessity, but we focused on three. The first was that it is necessary for us to understand our salvation. If we read scripture for entertainment purposes or as a leisure read we will miss out on the purpose of its content. When the actions of Jesus were challenged by those who knew the bible and its words (Pharisees) he responded by asking them if they have read the scripture (Matthew 12:1-8 & 19:1-6). He was not questioning if they had physically sat down and read scripture, but rather if they had understood what it was they were reading. The same is true for us that if we do not read the bible with an understanding that we are the sin problem that lead Christ to the cross, then we cannot understand our salvation and the necessity for it. Romans 10:14-17 paints this picture perfectly: someone must be sent to preach the word, people will hear what is being preached, they can then believe in what they have heard, and once they believe they can call on him! God’s word is necessary for us to understand and hear the gospel so that we can call on him and receive the gift of Christ’s sacrifice. The second necessity of scripture is that it helps us to know certain knowledge about God’s will. It is important to note that we will not understand or know ALL of God’s will (Deuteronomy 29:29), but with scripture we can be shown specific facets of His will. Through scripture we can find specific instances of what God’s will is like in 1 Corinthians 10:31 when we are told to “do all to the glory of God.”, or in Matthew 28:19 when we are told “Go and make disciples of all nations…” , or even something like in Romans 13:1 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities…and they have been instituted by God.”. This understanding brings us to a capacity to discern the will of God better. Colossians 1:9 says “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God”. Through God’s word we are equipped with spiritual wisdom so that we can make the decisions required of us in our day to day life. The final point about the necessity of scripture was that it is needed for our continued sanctification. Sanctification is a progressive work being done in our lives from the point of salvation through the end of days. Psalm 119:9-16 illustrates this very well, and I would recommend you giving that passage a read when you have some time to really chew on what is being said. The first verse of that passage says ‘ How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.” God’s word is necessary if we hope to keep our way pure.
Session 3 Breakdown:
The main theme of session three was to emphasize the importance of what we learned and why. We recapped the importance of being rooted in Christ and why it is only Christ that will provide a firm foundation for a believer. We recapped the importance of being rooted in scripture and why it is necessary for us to understand our salvation, discern certain knowledge about the will God, and the means in which we continue our sanctification. We went back to Romans 3:24-26 so that we could understand that everything we have learned was “to show God’s righteousness”(verse 25). This life is not about us, this camp is not about the campers, but rather everything we do should point back to God’s glory and righteousness. Furthermore, it is our duty as believers to take this truth and make it a lifestyle so that it is spread to the lost and glory is brought to God!
It was an incredible weekend!! I hope that you can read this and feel inspired about what God has on the horizon for you!
Are Monday’s The Worst?
I would like to start by saying YES; Monday’s are the worst. Hands down. No contest. They absolutely are. But today’s post is not going to be an unprompted rant on my feelings towards Monday’s. I would like to talk to you about what we can all do to make Monday’s just a little better! (Side note: If you are someone who loves Monday’s I will never understand you, but I respect you for seeing the good in life! And maybe this new thing we are going to try and do here will just help make Monday’s even greater in your eyes!) I would like to change up the way our blog posts currently are and transition into something a little different. My hopes for the new setup are to provide a short but engaging motivational post for you every Monday that extend encouragement for the week ahead, comfort for how the week previous was, and above all else to simply present you with something that can help to brighten your Mondays, making it not the worst day of the week! Who knows, maybe a few months in we might start to look forward to Mondays rather than dreading them? (If we’re lucky!)
Our first Monday Motivational (Devotional that is motivating? If you have a better title please share!) will be a recap of what our staff and counselors heard during our Mid-Winter event earlier this month! We had an incredible speaker that brought some powerful truths to us. It was so enlightening that I think it would be the best choice for week one of our Monday Motivational’s. The goal of this will not be for me to provide you with those hard to find answers that you have been seeking for the past year, or even for me to reveal something so profound that it turns your spiritual walk upside-down. I simply want to come to you as a fellow believer and extend an arm, or thought, of encouragement and motivation! As Proverbs 27:17 tells us “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” It would be ideal that the outcome of this is a network of believers who come together for some iron sharpening iron motivation every Monday! I look forward to sharing with you next week all the wonderful truths we heard over our Mid-Winter weekend!
Preparing For Christmas
What typically goes into your Christmas preparations? Do you stream lights and inflatables all over the house and yard? Do you go with your family to a tree farm to pick out the perfect tree, cut it down, bring it home, then find out the tree is quite a bit larger than you thought it was so you have to trim it up? Do you get to spend quality time with your family while everyone takes turns putting ornaments on the tree? Do you thoughtfully plan out time to go Christmas shopping so that you can get the perfect gift for everyone on your list? Or maybe you’re like me, and you don’t bother with putting a tree up in your house because you think it is too much work, and you procrastinate on gift shopping so you just impulse buy everyone on your list things you find on the Amazon suggestion page last minute?! Regardless of what your traditions entail as you prepare for Christmas, I hope that things have been stress free and full of joy for you and your family as Christmas rapidly approaches!
As great as this time of year is though, it does come with some high pressure and high stress environments—all of which we bring on ourselves. I think sometimes we loose sight of what our real focus should be on during the Christmas season because of all the societal pressure to give gifts, decorate our homes, and create a beautiful spectacle of wonder (Christmas tree) that we strategically place in an area that provides the most viewing potential for the cars that drive down our street. Culture has truly taken a hold on what Christmas is supposed to represent, and if we are not careful we will fall into the disillusion. Christmas is supposed to be a time of remembrance for us to reflect on the birth of Savior Jesus Christ. If you find yourself getting caught up in hustle and flow of this misrepresentation of Christmas here are few encouragements to help you get refocused!
Read Matthew 2:1-15
ii. Frankincense – symbolic of His role as high priest and intermediary for us
iii. Myrrh – symbolic of His death that was to come
3. During this Christmas season don’t get caught up in giving gifts that have no meaning or make no difference. Give the gift of Godly fellowship to your brothers and sisters in Christ as a means of encouragement! Give your testimony as witness to the lost so that they too can experience the joy and fulfillment of having a relationship with their heavenly Father!
It is easy to get caught up in the showmanship of cultural Christmas, but as believers we know the true reason to celebrate. Rather than having a one person party, take this good news and share with those around you so that this can be the greatest Christmas ever! I would also like to say a huge thanks to Alan Snyder for this post. A little over a week he taught on this and it has helped me shift my focus back to what is truly important and worthy of celebration this Christmas!
We have been very blessed the past few months to have CC working with us here at Camp Ba Yo Ca. I would like to start this post off by saying a massive thank you to CC for all her hard work and for constantly bringing positive energy to camp every time she is here! With today being her last day, I thought it would be a great opportunity for her to share a little about herself and her experience while she has been here. Take it away CC!
My name is Caroline Chace, but I prefer CC. I am a senior majoring in Child and Family Studies at the University of Tennessee. I love corgis, life, and you can probably find me drinking a RT 44 water from Sonic (what? I like to stay hydrated!). If you didn’t know, I am the intern here at Camp Ba Yo Ca. My daily tasks involve cleaning, answering the phone, and sometimes watching Alan play with firecrackers (I’m not kidding! It happened the first week I was here). I live in Knoxville, so it does take me at least an hour to get to camp, but I’m not complaining because let me tell you, that drive is amazing. Nature is something else!
I have always been a big believer on things happening for a reason. People and things come in and out your life for a reason. Even if it’s for a short time, there was a reason it came across your path. We may not know why at that moment, but we will know at some point in our life. I transferred to the University of Tennessee in the fall of 2015. I knew very little about the university and I HATED THAT COLOR ORANGE (calm down it’s growing on me). I pretty much just packed up my bags and moved. I never really knew why, but something was pulling me to UT. I could’ve transferred to any other school, but for some reason I found myself heading east. Fast-forward to now, I am sitting in Camp Ba Yo Ca’s main office writing a blog (if there are any typos please don’t judge because your girl is not a writer) and about to graduate in a week and a half. It’s crazy to think that two years have flown by! Me transferring happened for a reason! What’s the reason you ask? It led me to some amazing people and opportunities and it lead me to Camp Ba Yo Ca. Not everyday do you get to work with people who are supportive and ready to start the day (if it’s Matthew, he isn’t starting until there is a cup of coffee in his hands). My experience here at Camp has been nothing but amazing. I have met people from Mississippi, Louisiana, and even the family down the street. I’ve learned what all it takes to keep Camp a-running. I’m so grateful for my experience here at Camp and can’t believe that this is my last week! This semester has flown by so fast and I don’t know how I think about that. I want to say thank you to everyone I met here at Camp. You helped make this experience. From firecrackers (Alan) to waking up early to cook for church groups, Camp Ba Yo Ca has been amazing.
Have a fabulous weekend & Go VOLS,