Connection in Creation: Kylie’s Story

By: Jenn Myers

Posted: 4.24.21

In a world full of chaos, it’s important for everyone to take time to connect with nature, meaningful relationships, and God. Cho-Yeh offers campers and staff the chance to embrace all three.

Kylie Suddendorf first came to Camp in 2007 when she was 14 years old. While she came as a hesitant and shy camper, she left feeling a new sense of connection with nature, her Camp community, and God. Since then, Kylie has returned to serve in numerous positions on staff, including Work Crew, counselor, and activities lead. Today, Kylie teaches fourth grade in Cypress, Texas, during the school year, but she still returns to Cho-Yeh each summer.

“I’ve never been in a place where I feel so known and so loved, but also pushed to grow, as much as I am at Camp. The times that I can get away from the teaching world and dive solely into the Camp world is a precious reminder to me about how good and faithful He is.”

The meaningful community at Cho-Yeh have made Camp special for Kylie, but so have the natural surroundings. Spending time away from the hustle and bustle encourages Kylie to slow down, relax, and reconnect with nature and the Lord.

“The stars, the trees, the trails… there is something about being in the place of Cho-Yeh — a place I consider home — that is just so comforting. God meets me in new ways every time I’m there.”

This summer will be Kylie’s fourth year as CLT director. She does a lot of behind the scenes work and leads activities to make sure that CLT campers and counselors have awesome experiences at Camp. Kylie is thrilled to welcome students back to Cho-Yeh after a hectic year.

“I’m so excited to see how God is going to work in the lives of these high schoolers. They’ve had such an unusual year, and I’m excited that these campers will get to come back to Camp and experience an amazing trip that will push them closer to our Creator!”

For Kylie and so many others, time at Camp is a much needed opportunity to recharge and reconnect. Cho-Yeh is a special place where connections with community and creation flourish, and God reveals Himself in amazing ways.