I have sincerely seen the Lord work in so many ways these past 10 days. The staff, interns, summer staff and leaders exhibit what it looks like to serve daily; the kind of service that makes God look valuable, thrilling and glorious.
“Whoever serves, [let it be] as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” Peter 4:11
They make working long day’s fun and exciting, all while glorying the Lord. While in the kitchen these past 10 days I have witnessed friends laugh, sing and dance to the Dougie and Soulja Boy, crack jokes, tell stories and have the ability to have devotional and “family” time where they get together with their work teams to pray and to share how they have seen their peers image Christ. While doing this, they are making 100’s of homemade loaves of bread, cookies and cakes, pounds of rice and chips and washing endless and I’m not kidding, hundreds of sheet trays and dirty pots and pans. Friends, these kids work hard, and never once during the entire time I was at WindyGap did I hear them complain. They were serving, serving the God that as believers we are called to do and by doing so, they exemplified what it looks like to be a follower of Christ.
According to John Piper, servant-hood is the state, condition, or quality of one who lives as a servant: one who puts God first and others second. One who simply gives up their own desires and interests in order to put the interests of others first, because that’s how Christ served us. He put us first over himself. (Phil 1:4) We serve by faith and with humility. Humility lifts people up and looks to the needs of others, just as Jesus took the form of a servant and humbled himself. (Phil 2:3-8) Without humility we won’t serve, or we will serve for the wrong reasons.
Jesus in the most perfect image of humility, he humbled himself to the point of death. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45) The apostle Paul points to the Savior as our great example, by saying, “you should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had,” by reminding us of the humiliation of Christ, emptied himself by taking the form of a slave. As we find contentment and satisfaction in the Lord, we can better serve others.
Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy. Phil 2:1
This past week, I have interacted with many people and although not verbalized, have come to WindyGap to serve God by serving others and are not looking for anything in return. I am beyond encouraged and excited for this amazing place and its future.
Here is where I am in my element; I can share my passion of cooking and working in the kitchen by serving so many. Believers or not. I have come to appreciate what it is like to work 8-12 hour days, to work at a fast pace, to learn everyday what it is like to run a camp like WindyGap and the extreme dedication, time, resources and efforts by so many to make every second, minute, day and week in these child’s lives one that images Christ.
I witnessed nearly 50 high schoolers rededicate their lives to Christ, many of which accepted the Lord as their savior for the first time. It was a time of praise and worship; it brought me to tears. I experienced so much this week, I simply can’t put it into words.
There is so much love here. Laughter. Dedication. Grace. Forgiveness. Friendship. And Jesus Christ. So many, “how are you doing today’s,” so many hellos, many conversations and endless laughter, all of which have made my see you later a whole lot harder.
Ray, Brian, Ashton, Jack-Andy, Carina, Bri, Austin, Graham, Morgan, Sarah, Paton, Carson, Al, Bethany, Rachel, Carley, Bethany, Connor and so many more, thank you for showing me grace and answering my hundreds of questions and helping me this week. It was one that I wont forget.
See yall soon,
Amber aka: Amber Bamber