Camp and Retreat E-News:Learning to Trust

October 23, 2019


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Reflections on values with Camp & Retreat Ministries

  Learning to Trust   

 Value 7: Trust

By Rev. Todd Bartlett, Executive Director of Camp and Retreat Ministries

A few years ago, I was helping lead a high school adventure camp from Suttle Lake. This particular year included rock climbing. I had done some rock climbing previously so it was familiar, yet there was some discomfort for me in doing it. On one climb I found myself temporarily stuck. I wasn’t sure that I could go up further on the rock face and the fear and doubt in my ability began to settle in. With the encouragement of the group and the desire to reach the top, I started again and eventually made it to the top. Part of what I learned from this experience was to trust. I learned to trust my own body to be able to do what I was asking it to do and I learned to trust those who were at the other end of the rope believing that if I did fall, they would catch me.

There are many activities we provide to campers through our programs that encourage them to step beyond their comfort zone and just shy of the “freaking out” zone. This intentional work of entering the place of discomfort allows campers to experience a level of trust in themselves and their abilities and to learn that the intentional Christian community of which they are part for the week will support them no matter what.

The third part of trust that we work with in Camp and Retreat Ministry is the trust we have in Jesus.  Through the exploration of scripture and intentional conversations about the spiritual life campers can learn to trust God and to know that the Spirit will be there to “catch” us if/when we fall.

May this series on trust inspire you in your journey of trusting yourself, others and especially God.
See you around the campfire soon,

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