Continue to pray for our staff as there are still three weeks left this summer. Read this post that was written week one, from one of our staff members, Savannah Morgan, to better understand how to pray as each week brings its own struggles.
Going into my first week at Snowbird as summer staff I had a hodgepodge of emotions, feeling excited, nervous and overwhelmed. Worries ran through my head as I prayed I would have students who liked me, that I would know the answers to all their questions, that I would actually have some semblance of knowledge on what to do. Continually I had to remind myself that this was not about me, as I over and over had to place my thoughts back onto Christ and rest in His peace.
When the students arrived, though, I grew more and more overwhelmed. There were a lot of girls and there was a lot of energy. My fellow staff and I had a deer in headlights look for the better part of Monday night and Tuesday morning. But we continued to encourage each other to pursue them and rest in the grace of The Lord as we followed them around and tried to make conversation.
By the end of the week things were less awkward, but we by no means had significant conversations or relationships with any of the girls. Most share groups were full of distraction and shallow talk, rather than the deep and moving talk I had expected. But The Lord taught me something huge this week. One night Abby, who I led share group with, and I took four girls aside and talked with them about their lives. It was late and we were exhausted as the girls opened up. Our words were few as we listened and when we walked back to our cabins we regretted not having wise advice to give to each of them. But on the last night the campers were there the youth group had a time of sharing what they had learned and one of the four said that getting to talk that night and being listened to was what she was most grateful for.
In my living too often I try to be the one in the conversation who speaks the profound, but people really just want to be listened to. They want us to stop thinking through what we’re going to say next as they’re speaking and simply hear them. I pray I heed this lesson from now on at camp, and then into the rest of my life.