You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, because I am wonderfully made;
wonderful are your works! My very self you know.
– Psalm 139:13-14
My name is Cherelle. I’m 13 years old and I went to Promise Camp this summer. I’ve never been to any camp before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect…or what to take with me. We don’t have much, so I wore my only pair of shorts and my best shirt…this is what I wear pretty much every day. We don’t have money to buy any extras.
It was kinda scary to get on the bus with kids I didn’t know. I’ve never been away from home before. So I get to this place somewhere out in the boonies and get “assigned” to a screened in cabin in the woods with a bunch of other girls. I guess one was a counselor and one was a junior counselor – whatever that is – ‘cause she was taller than the other one. Everyone was really nice, but I started to be really embarrassed because at bedtime the other girls changed into pj’s and then put on clean clothes almost every morning. I slept in an old tee shirt. I just had my one outfit and one pair of undies for the week. I tried to look like I was putting on different ones in case anyone was looking. On about the third day, Miss Tanya, the assistant camp director, took me aside and asked if I had any other clothes to wear. I just looked down and shook my head. I thought I was gonna get in trouble. But, no. She said she just wondered and for me to go ahead and meet up with my girls. When the other girls weren’t around, Miss Tanya brought me back to the cabin and gave me a big bag from Walmart. There was a couple other outfits, a cool night shirt and some new underwear! There was even a hair brush. My counselor, Gina, kept tellin’ me how beautiful my long brown hair is. I’m glad she liked it. I thought it was pretty messy.
The Right Stuff
Wow. That week went really fast. Too fast. We swam in the giant pool, climbed on the rock wall and went on a nature hike through the woods! Mr. Brett, our camp director, kept telling us all week we have “the right stuff.” That God created each one of us with a purpose. And we are who God says we are – not what other people say. I never knew I was special. I hope I remember that the next time somebody makes fun of me. I met lots of cool kids and found out that Jesus loves me just the way I am. And I want to try to know more about him by reading my little Bible. Oh yeah. That was in my bag, too. Go figure.
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