Friends, family, senders, whoever may be reading this blog: thank you for sticking with us till the end. I have the weighty task of giving a “brief” wrap up to what I consider the trip of a lifetime. First off, I want to say that it is impossible to wrap so many stories, experiences, and relationships I have built into one blog post, so feel free to contact me with any questions or interests you have and I would love to tell you more about this summer. Just ask the rest of the people on this trip how much I love to talk, I promise you it’s no bother and I’d love to have a conversation.
God’s has had his hand over me my whole life, but this summer was arguably the most evident he has made himself to me in his plan for me. Not having any idea what I would be doing this summer, Geoff reached out to me with the internship offer of a lifetime, and that is how I ended up at Beit El Wadi, what I consider holy ground. It is so evident how present the Lord is in this camp by having a conversation with just one counselor. The amount of campers who have come for multiple years is incredible, and most of the counselors are former campers who have experienced the best weeks of their lives and want others to have that same experience. Many of them even came to the Lord at Wadi Sports Camp and return because this, to them, is also holy ground.
The relationships founded at WSC transcend barriers; whether that be distance, language, ethnicity, culture, or whatever else, everyone at WSC is treated as family. From the welcoming to the goodbyes, I have never met more genuine people in my life. For instance, one of my campers from W3 is insisting on driving to the airport to say goodbye one more time! Getting to know the campers was a gift from God, and to see the transformation in some of them in just 10 day’s time is a privilege I do not take lightly.
For the sake of your time, I will share one brief story that Carrie briefly mentioned in her blog. Mickey, a stud camper at only 16 years old, was talking about the cross walk, where the campers wake up early and silently carry a cross around camp. In his description, he spoke a truth so fundamental and so often overlooked, that Carrie and I kind of shared a look as if to say “WOW” with our eyes because we were so blown away. Mickey talked about how heavy the cross was. How much they struggled to carry it. How the weight seemed to become heavier and heavier as time went on. Then he said that this taught him that we are not supposed to carry our own burdens, because they can become so heavy. And how true is that, that we are not meant to carry our burdens on our own, but to give them to the Lord and he will take care of us? What a glorious perspective given by a young man striving after God’s heart.
This trip is incredible because the experience extends past camp as well. Although the goodbyes were hard and camp was long, we got to experience Egypt to the fullest. Today, some of our Egypt team got a chance to go see the pyramids in Cairo which is something I have longed to do since I was a little boy. I can say without a doubt that this was one of the greatest days I have experienced. The rich history, incredible architecture, and mystery behind them are sufficient to keep me thrilled enough to withstand the 110 degree weather and smell of death with a little bit of camel poop mixed in. The experience was mesmerizing and I will never forget it.
This trip is an overall immersion in Egypt. I have been blessed enough to get to encounter many different aspects of Egyptian life and culture, and for that I am thankful. Thankful to Geoff, to my supporters in prayer and finances, and thankful to God for intervening so blatantly in my life to show me that this summer I needed to be in Egypt. This team, these people, this country, and Beit El Wadi will always have a special place in my heart because of this summer and the work of the Father that has been so evident through it.
For the last time this summer,
Reese (the Intern)