This year was my 9th year at Red Rock Camp, it has become home to me. I remember my first year of Red Rock, where, to be completely honest, I HATED IT! Hate is the word I’m using because that is honestly how I felt. I am not really sure all of the reasons why, but I remember this feeling. I never imagined that 9 years later, I would be calling it my home, or that it would be one of the years I look forward to the most in my year, and I would have never dreamed that the people of this camp would become my best friends and like family to me, BUT GOD KNEW!
The past few years have been quite a journey in my personal life, my mom has gone through horrible depression and even cancer, during this time, she lost the use of her legs and is now living in a nursing home. My brother, who has been my best friend since we were little kids, was called to get married to an amazing girl and become a missionary in Bolivia, my best friend and he moved thousands of miles away!!! and my father was left alone as I was called to work in a town 3 hours from him as a youth pastor. During all of this time, it was one of the hardest and loneliest times of my life, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world! This time has brought me closer to Christ than I feel I have ever been, he has become real to me in ways he never was before, and i have learned I cannot make it through one piece of my life without him! I was called to move back home this past year to care for my parents for a while and it was NOT an easy choice to make, and at the same time, I knew exactly what I needed to do.
When I was preparing to be a counselor for camp this year, God kept telling me, “I am about to do something HUGE in your life Becky, youre time caring for your parents is done, please be ready for everything I have to say to you when you are at Red Rock, I am going to place some calls on your life that will bless you in amazing ways!” Now, I know that may sound crazy, but one thing I have learned in the past year is how to really listen for and hear Gods voice in my life and it is an INCREDIBLE part of my walk with him. So, when a week before camp I got the call to be the youth speaker, due to some unforseen circumstances, I was FLOORED!! I knew that this was part of what God was going to use to speak to me! and I was humbled and honored, and knew I could only do this in the strength of Christ! When Tim Lemmens called me and asked me to lead worship with him and his son, Zach, I was again humbled and honored. Yet in my heart I had peace that God was going to do a work in my life through it!
God showed up at camp this year!! I know not just for me, but for many people, he showed up in ways he had never done before!!! God worked in my heart and made me see that THIS is the call he has placed on my life, that speaking to youth, counseling them, working one on one with them, and leading worship and singing, THESE are the gifts God has given me to use to glorify him!!
So I embark on a new journey in my life!! I am feeling a HUGE call to move to the Minneapolis area and do ministry there, and even work alongside many of you!!! Please pray as God leads me!!! To think back on these past 9 years and all that God has brought me through, I am AMAZED at who he is!!! I am proud and honored to call you my family and friends and I wouldn’t trade you for the World! Blessings to all of you as we travel this journey with Christ together 🙂
~ Becky C