My Name is Simone
– 2 Corinthians 5:17
Growing Up Angry
My name is Simone Freeman and I currently serve as the female Head Counselor at Promise Camp. It has been a long journey to get here, but I thank the Lord for all of the lessons learned along the way. Growing up I was adopted by my beautiful grandparents, because my mother was an alcoholic, drug abuser, and also had mental health issues. I grew up angry at the existence of God because I never understood how someone who was supposed to be so loving and caring would allow these things to happen to his child. I grew up in a church but I never fully believed.
Hitting the Reset Button
From age 7-14 I was a camper at Promise Camp. It was during those Cabin Bible Talks that I felt like I soaked so much more in. As I look back I don’t truly believe I couldn’t have been the way I am today if it wasn’t for those 6 days out of the year that I was constantly being poured into about the love of Christ. One of the most significant years as a camper was a year where the theme was Reset. The message had to do with the transformation of our lives. I was a 12 year old finally realizing that it doesn’t matter how much we mess up. God still loves us (not the sin). The message showed me that if we were truly ready to change God was always willing to hit the Reset button. The hardest part about being a camper is the fact that the reality is I still had to go home at the end of the week.
Loving with His Love
When I aged out of Promise Camp it was hard for me to find another way to spend my summer, until the Lord opened an opportunity to be a camp counselor at a day camp. At the end of the summer I knew I had a passion for serving the Lord with kids. When I finally turned 16 I was the minimum age to be a counselor at Promise Camp – so I went for it. Praise the Lord I got it so I was finally able to come back to my second home. The transition from being a camper to a counselor has been both rewarding and frustrating because I now had an understanding of the true realities because I have been on both sides of the fence. As a counselor the Lord has used me to love on these kids with the love that he has. Through these kids I have been able to see so many transformations. This is what I tell the girls before they go home, “I know it’s hard knowing you have to go back to the same situation and I know that I cannot promise that your situation will change. What can change is you. Your mentality can change, your heart can change, and the faith in Christ that you have will be enough to change your situation”. After those conversations I always find peace in the Lord. It’s those beautiful moments of trust hikes, team building, the smiles as the kids swim, the Cabin Bible talks, and so much more that I feel so close to Christ. For all those reasons that is why I continue to serve here at Promise Camp. This is my home away from home.
At Promise Camp, vulnerable children learn that they are precious in the eyes of God, that their lives matter, and that through the transformative love of Christ, all things are possible. Your support helps at-risk children like Simone to blossom into hope-filled believers and powerful witnesses for the Kingdom.