Hey, guys welcome back! Hope you are having a fantastic week. For those of you who do not know me I am Raegan and I am one of the two writers for this blog. So lately I’ve been talking about my experiences this summer. And I’m gonna continue that. So last week we just talked about Clatskanie Oregon. But this week we’re gonna be talking about Hermiston Oregon.
For those of you who this is the first time reading my blog. This summer I was gone for a little over a month with the ability to coach soccer to a bunch of kids. Each week looked very differently based on the type of kids that were there in the family that I love with.
So this week I lived with a woman and her name was Elaine. She hosted all four of us girls. I don’t know how she did it we are crazy together. We were full of energy and just had a great time! We called ourselves the spice girls!! This was Hali (Howie), Zoie (Chloe) Anna (An) and me (Meagan). We all gained these nicknames this week because people got confused with our real names 🙂
This week was very different because most of our kids were foster kids and we are in a poorer community. And one of my earlier blog I talked about Oliver. Oliver was at this camp for those of you who don’t know who Oliver is I totally recommend you check out my post on “How Orange Led to Salvation.” It’s just a crazy story about what an orange can do in a kids life. So this week I’m just gonna give you an overview of what Camp look like. And probably the next couple weeks I’ll be talking about the different kids I met on this trip and just the experience I had with them.
The reason why I said this week looked very different because like I said up there most of our foster kids. And a lot of them just didn’t know how to control their emotions. This would be shown by them running away when they got angry or throwing things or punching things or fighting. But it was something I had learn, just how to deal with the different types of kids. Which looking back I’m really appreciative of that learning experience.
This week we were given assistant coaches who were either in middle school or high school. I had two of the best assistant coaches they made sure my kids were all there or they would take them to the bathroom for me or do whatever I need them to do which I was awesome!
However, this camp had a lot more mandatory things for us to do outside of camp week. Like go to youth group or the lake or different activities they had planned for us which was super fun.
I honestly didn’t know if I would’ve had the strength to finish this week at the beginning of the week. I totally needed God‘s strength. I know that might sound crazy, but I was sick with a really bad ear infection, homesick and I wasn’t eating that much.
This verse is a very common one, but it’s what got me through the week.
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength “-Philippians 4 :13
This was so true, I had the most strength this week. This was the week I spent a lot of my free time listening to podcasts, live church service, or reading my Bible. This fueled me throughout the week. It was God’s strength one hundred and ten percent.
Honestly, I don’t know how I could’ve gotten through the week without just the love of God pouring out for me as well.
The verse that comes to mind is 1st John
“since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”-1 John 4:11
And this was my goal all week was just to show the love of God to the kids to my host mom to the other coaches. Just to be able to pour out the love of God to them.Show them a different type of Love most or some of these kids were used to. But in that verse we are told to love like God. Which is completely different from what people are used to.
This week’s challenge, that I’m giving you guys is to fuel yourself with God. Like the verse up there says. I lived it out! It happened for me. So I challenge you to fuel yourself with the Word! Because God gives us strength
Check back next week to hear about my Little Friend Joshua.