SEP SoCal 2011

// July 12th, 2011 // Uncategorized

Dave and I decided this was the year to give back to the Spiritual Enrichment Program that has nurtured our children and grandchildren since the 1990s. Honestly….the idea of spending a week with energetic children that are pumped up and full of the Holy Spirit was daunting to say the least. But when we were offered the opportunity to serve as “Dorm Parents” we knew the time was right to dive in.
This year’s camp theme was Rooted {in Christ} an though the kids range in age from 8 to 18……WOW! THEY GET IT! Each chapel, debriefing session, and dorm meeting touches on the fact that our lives ~spiritual and physical~are like the life of a tree. We both start as a small seed. We need air, food, and water to nourish us. Each of these elements has a spiritual counterpart. We need the air of God’s breath calling to and speaking to us, the food found in our (ideally) daily reading of God’s word, and the water of the Holy Spirit flowing through us, washing us clean and spreading out to touch those we meet. As I listen to the kids talk about the message after chapel I am astounded by their level of understanding and how they either have or plan to implement these ideas in their communities when they return home. They want to share the messages, to {re}present Christ and the hope and perfect peace that can be found in Him.
Another thing I am impressed with is the rule system here. Mark and Anne, the SEP SoCal directors, manage to have fair rules regarding dress and safety without being legalistic. They teach and lovingly enforce modesty for both genders. While at camp some of the boys have thanked Pastor Mark for the dress code, telling him it gives them a greater opportunity to really see the girl for who she is, learn about her personality, and hear what she’s saying, without the distraction of her cleavage vying for his attention. And the girls have said that it’s nice to have the guys look them in the eyes during a conversation instead of them staring at her chest.
SEP also breaks the stereotype non-believers have about being a Christian kid. These kids have FUN! Archery, Bunko, challenge course, drumming, insects and snakes, drama, dance class…..and so much more. There are a few highlights that surpass even these activities. The Senior Camper Dance on Wednesday night {Get Jiggy Wid It} filled, like any teen gathering, with loud music, laughter, and energetic (though decidedly NOT dirty) dancing. These folks know how to enjoy themselves without hangovers or regrets.
There’s so much more going on here…the tireless effort of the volunteers, the counselors who use their vacation time and pay their own way to camp to share God’s love, the band that plays sometimes three times a day to lead the kids in musical worship….
Yep~
God is good…..All the time!

                                               T, Kyle, and Papa Dave waiting for check in

                                                All checked in. Kyle’s a happy camper….

                                                                            ….so is T.

                                                           Chris and Josh ready for chapel.

                   One of my jobs was hanging with Jax while Amy taught a photography class.


                        

                                                                  T at dance class.

                                                             Free style time at the dance…

                                                                  The SEP Shuffle.

                                                          Counselor (& Great Friend!)Kat

 A suprise revealed while we were there! Grandbaby 13 is on {her} way!

                       Dorm Parent/Dining Hall Monitor Dave ready for battle ~paintball!~ with the kids.

                                                                     That was fun!

              Final Chapel. A bittersweet morning. After a taste of heaven they are ready for home to
                                                    share what they’ve learned…..\

                                                       Home again…..nursing a migraine.
                                           I’m already looking forward to SEP SoCal 2012!

One Response to “SEP SoCal 2011”

  1. Anne says:

    Hi Debbie! I just googled sepsocal and this blog popped up. I enjoyed reading about how much you enjoyed serving at camp. I sure hope you are able to join us again sometime in the future! =)

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