As blog readers might be aware, Amanda and I (Drew) work at a church camp for at-risk youth during the summer. Camp of the Hills is located near Austin, and we bring in kids from across Texas and Oklahoma for a week of outdoor activities, Christian mentoring, and unconditional love. One of our communities newest members, Barrett Davis, is serving as a counselor for our second half. Since we’re far from the neighborhood, we thought we’d send a short update on how the summer is going for us.

For starters, it’s been a great summer. We have hosted hundreds of campers, and are close to our all-time record for most kids in a summer. Barrett is part of one of the strongest counseling groups I have ever seen. Difficult situations have come up, from rough campers to tragic circumstances back home for several counselors, but God has been patiently loving us through it all.

This year marks my thirteenth and final summer as a part of Camp of the Hills. While I will undoubtably carry my experiences with me into the future and will continue to be shaped by how God has changed me here, I look forward to the future. Amanda and I are still searching for a place to live within the College Heights neighborhood, and I’m in the process of finding a full time job, but we’re confident that God will work mightily, even after we leave the place I’ve called home for so long.