Present and Ready to Serve

Staff greets arriving campers

My present is that I’m at camp.

It’s hot. There are bugs.

On Monday there will be 96 excited, tired, hungry campers here.

My present is to set aside my own wants, demands, comforts, desires.

I am here to serve.

From nearly the moment of setting foot/tire on the camp grounds, it’s been running through my head. I’m here to serve. I’m here to be available. I’m here to offer what I have. I’m here to pour out.

This time is not about me. This week is about others, not just the campers, but the 60+ staff. I am here to serve.

Campers listening to instructions before going in to lunch

Campers listening to instructions before going in to lunch

Lord, please help me to keep remembering to stay out of the way this week. This is not about me. This week is about you. It’s about serving others. It’s a here I am, use me kind of week.

Tonight is that big breath I mentioned before – the in-between, getting ready moment. It’s still a moment to serve and help someone else. It’s still a moment to be ready.

The full staff arrive tomorrow. Campers on Monday.

While I serve this week, would you pray for the staff and campers at Camp CUMCITO? It’s a hard, challenging week. We push the limits in so many ways – physically and spiritually. Pray for God to move in a mighty way while we serve.


This was a Five Minute Friday post! Five minutes on the timer, no major editing. This week, the prompt was PRESENT (click to read other great FMF posts).

My hope is to post again during the week, but I may not be able to based on time, energy, and wifi availability. Thanks for reading and for praying for me and everyone at Camp CUMCITO this week!

Two years ago, I wrote a post with more details about what Camp CUMCITO is all about. There’s also a camp blog, if you want to see what happens during camp.

Camp CUMCITO – On our way

As I type, Tom and I are en route to Camp CUMCITO for a week of fun, sweat and bugs. Camp CUMCITO (City Union Mission’s Camp In The Ozarks) has been operating for 70+ years, taking low income children out of Kansas City for a week of fun in the country. For this year I will be working as chapel assistant. My duties are varied, but consist mainly of helping the chapel teacher for the week in whatever capacity he/she may require. In past years, I’ve done motions for songs, led relay races, helped groups brainstorm word pictures, played an extra in a skit, ran the sound system, made a PowerPoint presentation, and even acted as time-keeper so we wouldn’t run over the session.

This is my sixth year to volunteer at CUMCITO since we moved to Missouri. (more…)

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