Sunday, July 1, 2012

differences ... are good! - by Josh Pagel

What an opportunity I have been given this summer! This is my second summer here at Camp Gilead and I am so blessed to be serving as program staff, and taking on a more significant leadership role for this summer. Although I am still so excited to see campers grow in Christ and see what God has in store for all of them this year, much of my focus will be with guiding and leading the guys staff, while at the same time growing and learning with them.
To me it so incredible the staff and specifically the men on staff that God has provided. We are all so unique and our circumstances as to how we got here differ, we have different personalities, likes and dislikes. This could sound like a recipe for disaster to some, and it might be if it is not for one BIG thing that bonds us all, and that bond is the most powerful thing in the universe. That bond is the God of the universe, the creator of all things holy and good. We have the bond of serving, worshipping, and being called by the same God. A God that can break down barriers, and soften the hearts of the staff so that we can glorify him in all that we do.
I see so many parallels between the guys that are here on staff this summer and the disciples Jesus called. He called fisherman, tax collectors, and men from all different segments of society, each bringing their own strength and weaknesses to the ministry of Jesus. That is exactly what is going on here at Gilead this summer, different men, being called by God to continue the ministry of Jesus Christ. When as a staff we put our differences aside, love one another, and let God take control, we can witness eternity changing for so many campers.
For His glory,
Josh Pagel
Program Staff 

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