While on my sabbatical, this last summer, I had a really cool opportunity to speak at my first summer camp. I have done a couple winters at Pondo and have really enjoyed them but after summer camp I was so stoked on the ministry that Pondo has! I loved how they format their summer camp; the time is great, the location is wonderful, the cost is doable and the staff is caring.
While I don't have any plans to write about what I spoke about or how Chapel went I do want to tell a story I will never forget.
My oldest daughter Sophie loves animals. She would have every animal that she could get her hands on if I would allow her to. Every time we see a dog she wants to pet it and she knows the breed of many dogs.
This summer at camp we saw a few lizards running around and Sophie very much wanted to catch one. One day after getting our lunch, with my hands full, Sophie saw a lizard just outside the Chapel. She asked me to help but I had my hands full. Sophie started chasing the lizard around, who was no small lizard, and he almost ran into chapel but someone stopped him from doing so. After that he ran under a small pile of wood. Sophie started moving the wood and got him to run out from it. Then it happened; when the lizard was in the middle of the walk area Sophie pounced on him and caught him!
Sophie caught a huge blue-bellied lizard all on her own.
For the next three hours Sophie held that lizard as her prized possession. She pet the lizard and showed him to everyone she encountered. She was so stoked on her accomplishment and enjoyed every moment she had with that lizard before we asked her to release him back into the wild so he could have dinner with his family.