Words like these from seven-year-old Misty at camp last summer are what Forest Home is all about!
Here’s Misty’s story as told by her camp counselor last summer
A little girl named “Misty” was in my small group. Her parents are drug dealers at the motel where she lives. She was addicted to methamphetamines at birth. Our church has a motel ministry, and I am so glad that someone invited Misty to come to camp.
From the first day of camp, I could tell Misty had a heavy heart. It is not an exaggeration that she didn’t sit still for more than 30 seconds. Each day during group time, she ran around. Often she would run off with one of us not far behind and grab a ball to play with. We were exhausted from running after this little girl all day.
But on Thursday something changed. Misty started to slow down. We were able to talk with her about Jesus and what it means to follow Him.
Another counselor gave Misty a Bible. They talked for a long time. The cutest thing Misty did that day was when she went to the first page of Genesis and highlighted the word “God” every time she saw it.
And by the end of the week, Misty made a commitment to follow Jesus! When we asked her what she learned during camp, she said, “God is the Father, Jesus wants to be with me, and the Holy Spirit lives inside me.” Later that afternoon she came skipping over and said, “I just made Jesus my friend.” Then she told everyone around her about her new friendship with Jesus.
I love that the ministry in her life continues because adults from our church are still involved in her parents’ lives and in her life.
By God’s grace, a little girl with no earthly way to hear about Jesus was able to come to camp and find the hope and love of God.
This little girl wouldn’t have experienced that life-changing week at camp without a camp scholarship.
We hope to bring more than 2,500 campers like Misty to Forest Home in 2016 as the funds are available.
As you are able, and as God leads, GIVE TODAY so more campers like Misty can find the hope and love of Jesus at Forest Home.