I hear these words from God as we step into a new but familiar place.
We are back at Pembina Valley Bible Camp (PVBC). The place where we met, fell in love, started dating and got engaged. The place that has been home to us for many summers and a fall season as well, for Sam.
The waiting process was long but the transition was incredibly quick. We waited and prayed and waited and prayed about accepting these positions as full-time staff at camp.
Sam was to be the summer ministry director, and I the administrator.
We knew we would be going into ministry at some point, but we didn’t realize it would be this soon. And I never thought in a million years that I would be working a desk job.
Finally the day came (it was a Tuesday), where the Director said, “Welcome to the team.”
He also said, “You can start moving your stuff here today. You’ll be living in the old trailer.”
That was my thought.
But little did we know that we’d need to be out of our apartment by Friday.
I was quite flustered by all this and it really felt like I had hit the ground running.
Sam on the other hand, had not. His job seemed much more easy than mine at first. He was able to just take time away during the day to go and pray, while I felt like I was stuck behind a desk learning about all the financials and the logistics of camp.
I felt trapped. And on top of that, I had never in my life experienced lies like the lies I was hearing during this time.
People warned us that this would happen.
“You’re going into full-time ministry; be careful.”
Sometimes the devil knows more than we do. And when we’re in a position of very intentionally leading people towards Christ, he obviously doesn’t like that.
But I think we give him too much credit sometimes and miss the point of actually stepping forward with the power of God that we have inside of us. We have the power to hit satin right in his weakest, most vulnerable spots.
This was not just a quick realization and an overnight change. It took many sleepless nights of praying over every room of our house. It took courage for us to be vulnerable with those around us and let them speak the Truth into our lives. It took acknowledging of the darkest parts in our lives so that we could pull and tug and move them into the light of God.
It was a fight. And it always will be. But we have what the world cannot give. We have life and power inside of us. We are alive and we walk in the resurrection of the living Christ Jesus. And there is serious power in the name of Jesus.
“Speak that truth in the power that He’s given you. Believe that truth in the power that He’s give you. Live that truth in the power that He’s given you.” – Lysa TerKeurst
(Side note: you should check Lysa out here, she has some amazing books and blogposts to read!)
So here we are. And things have definitely gotten better. They haven’t always been easier but they’ve been better.
I love being able to live in community again. I had forgotten what it was like to have people beside you and walking with you day after day. And God is constantly reminding me that we are made for relationship; with Him and with each other.
Who knew that we would end up back here at this camp? I knew that we weren’t finished here yet but only God could’ve orchestrated this season.
It’s a new day for camp, everyone. Not because of us being here, but because God is moving and things are changing. And we just get the privilege of being a part of it.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.” – Isaiah 40:28