“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast, and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!”
Isaiah 49:15 (NIV)
“Why doesn’t she love me?”
He was just eight years old, a sad, angry little boy sitting on the edge of the bunk. The cabin leaders were at a loss. How could they answer such a question?
Jeffrey’s reality was a broken home, devoid of parental love. He felt rejected, and that rejection played out in a volatile temper during his first week of Bible camp. The emotions boiled over and he lashed out; once the anger subsided, he dissolved in tears.
This is not uncommon; it was not camp that set him off but a larger situation beyond any child’s comprehension.
A heart-breaking moment. And yet, there was hope.
As the cabin leaders spoke into Jeffrey’s life that week, showing him love and understanding, he began to change.
With their help, he discovered Isaiah 49:15, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast, and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!”
Jeffrey circled the verse in his Bible; he added the words “Jeffrey” and “God” in big, bold letters. His leaders walked him through what it meant to experience Jesus’ deep, consistent love in a very personal way.
And later that week, Jeffrey asked Jesus into his life as Lord and Savior.
The changes were immediate. At an archery activity, the leader asked if anyone would like to pray. Jeffrey replied, “Well, I’m a Christian now, so I think I should pray!” After camp, Jeffrey’s leaders worked hard to stay in touch so he would have opportunity to connect with a church and grow in his faith.
Seeing the fruit that comes out of these difficult situations is one of the greatest joys of camp ministry. It’s why we do what we do! We can’t wait to see what God does in this young boy’s life, and in the lives of countless other children and youth just like him.
(*Based on a true story shared by a One Hope Canada missionary. Name has been changed.)
While Jeffrey was introduced to Jesus last summer, his journey with Jesus carries on beyond his week at camp. One Hope Canada’s year-round missionaries regularly connect with campers like Jeffrey and work with the local church to ensure campers grow in their faith.
Remember—you were instrumental in bringing about Jeffrey’s story! God blessed your gift with a harvest of young lives placing their trust in Him. We would love for you to be part of another harvest this summer.
Each May, hundreds of people across Canada join together to financially support the work of One Hope Canada, making it possible for thousands of boys and girls to hear about Jesus. Your gift goes directly to keeping the cost of camp low so families like Jeffrey’s can afford to send their children to camp.
This summer, more than 18,000 children and youth will spend at least one week at one of our 42 camp ministries. They will hear the Gospel presented clearly and will experience the eternal difference this good news can make.
We can’t think of a more worthy and important cause—children, teenagers, and their families being changed for eternity because they are hearing of the hope that is theirs in Jesus.
Will you join us to make this summer of ministry possible?