We took a group of eight girls to camp (there were also five guys). Six of the girls were Christians. One of them was challenged to "step up" her role in Young Life and be a leader. Another girl said she wanted to be a missionary some day, but she wanted to start right now by inviting her friends in Ojai to Young Life. By the end of the week, the other two girls who were not believers placed their faith in Jesus Christ and one of them was baptized in the Lake the last morning of camp. This baptism was not planned and is not part of the program at Woodleaf, but this girl really wanted to be baptized and so we got up early on the last day of camp and she was baptized in the lake, surrounded only by her cabin-mates. I wish I would have been there to see it, but I was on my way to the Sacramento Airport to pick up Pastor Ryan C. Now that’s another wild and crazy story.
Our head leader for the teen guys and our bus driver, Pastor Ryan, left behind his very-pregnant wife, Rachel, to drive the shuttle bus to camp, with the stipulation that he would drive or fly home at the first sign of Rachel’s labor. Late Wednesday morning, during our leader meeting, Ryan received a call from Rachel and a flurry of activity took place, from purchasing a plane ticket to deciding how he would get to the airport. Since Woodleaf was very under-staffed that week and I was one of the only "approved Young Life drivers" from Ojai, I volunteered to drive Pastor Ryan to the airport in one of the camp trucks. We arrived just in time for Pastor Ryan to board his flight. He arrived in Ojai that evening and Rachel had their baby boy the following morning (Eli Allen, 7 #s, 7 oz.). Ryan turned around the next morning and boarded another plane back to Sacramento so he could drive us home (he was the only leader with a Class B licence to drive the bus). So, Friday morning I once again drove 90 minutes to pick up Pastor Ryan. It was another fun adventure to add to my awesome week.
Danielle and I as KISS band members!
The muddy obstacle course
The Ropes Course