By: Abby Wyllie
Madison Van Antwerp has spent the past 11 summers of her life at Camp Cho-Yeh. Nine of those summers were spent as a camper and the past two years she has had the opportunity to be a counselor and cultivate faith within her campers.
One of Madison’s favorite parts of being a counselor at Cho-Yeh is the opportunity to tell her personal story of faith. While serving her cabin of 12-year-old girls this past summer; one particular interaction with a camper stood out to her.
“One of my more reserved campers felt the urge one night to sit next to me with her Bible and a handful of questions. She was new to talking about Christ on a daily basis. She asked me about my story and how I came to know and love the Lord. She also asked about my current walk with Christ and how she too can build that relationship. We went through scripture and talked about the love and hope of Christ. I prayed for her and her family and encouraged her to never doubt the love God has for her. It was amazing to see her eyes light up when we talked about the comfort the Lord provides for us everyday. It’s these little moments that bring joy to my heart and make me love camp even more.”
The opportunity to give back to the place that cultivated her own faith is what keeps Madison coming back each summer.
“Camp gives me the opportunity to pour into others, especially middle school girls. I know I struggled a lot in middle school and I love having the ability to point these girls towards Christ. It warms my heart to see girls opening up to one another and having fun without a care in the world. Camp puts me in a position to look to the Lord everyday for the strength and wisdom that I can give my campers. I have to lean on him in order to pour into others, and camp has taught me that.”