The idea started small, and then we found ourselves engulfed in the thought of living the Jesus Revolution. Up to this point, we had gone about our business of doing camp as usual, but then a few staffers realized that we could do more. What if we, from our own pockets, give to help a camper come and learn what this Jesus Revolution was all about? Once the question was voiced, the Spirit nudged us along and we saw just how meaningful this could be for us as a team, and for that one camper. Summer after summer, as staffers we do the best we can to put on an effective camp for the churches that entrust their campers to us. This past summer, we were introducing campers to the Jesus Revolution and inviting them to be a part. We sang songs, did Bible Study, worshipped, and had some great recreation and mission education time. For the most part, we figured our work was progressing well. Then a couple of staffers were reminded about a conversation we had earlier during our training week about campers who could not afford to come to camp. There were campers out there who would not have an opportunity to be with us simply because they did not have the money. What could we do? We decided that the least we could do was to help one camper come to camp. It is important to note here that for the most part these staffers were young college-aged student themselves. We decided to practice what we preached, to show our faith by our works. The team was... read more
Growing up and being a camper, I knew thought it would be so cool to be one of the staffers. But as I got older, I realized there was a meaning that was much bigger than that. I knew that if I worked as a staffer, I had the chance to change the lives of youth that attended PASSPORT.
PASSPORT encouraged me to embrace my childlike spirit that can so easily disappear in the midst of a stressful school year. PASSPORT taught me how to integrate and joyful heart and youthful presence with leadership positions and job responsibilities. That is one of the most valuable and helpful lessons I took home with me from the summer.