How good would it be if some of our children could go to North Berwick to SU primary camp in May? That was the challenge we were given last Christmas. We knew that not many of the kids would be able to pay the £50 cost for the weekend, so we started praying... This was too big a thing, we couldn’t send the children to camp, either as individuals or even as Church. It would have to be God at work, it was something we had to place in His hands, watch, wait, and then be amazed at what He did. And amazed we were!
From December to February we prayed about it. We shared our vision and soon everyone in Church was praying about it too. We decided if the kids could pay the £20 deposit then we would subsidise the remaining £30 per child. We very unexpectedly received a donation of £150 followed very shortly by an offer from someone who said that they personally would pay the shortfall. Both of these gifts, in their amazing generosity, were such an encouraging answer to prayer and were the first of many miracles in this story. WOW! We sent out 23 invitations and application forms, and very quickly had 17 returned from excited kids who wanted to go! WOW! And as we heard the stories, we saw more miracles... children who don’t do sleepovers because they don’t like leaving mum, were happy to come... a child who happily received the deposit as their only birthday present... a child who was not going on the P7 school residential because they was afraid of going away, was happy to come, telling mum "it IS a miracle mum, because I’m not afraid to go". The kids had an amazing weekend at North Berwick. It was really brilliant to watch them joining in, running around, playing on the beach, and having lots of fun. They got to do things they had never done before, like rolling down the sand dunes in the dark, sailing over the waves in an old bathtub then getting unceremoniously dumped in the sea, playing in the rock pools, joining in big games of football. They enjoyed having people to speak to and stories to listen to and made lots of new friends. They loved every moment of it. And through all of this they learned how Jesus loves them and can make a difference to each one of them every day. They spent the weekend in God’s presence, worshipping, reading His word and thinking about how it impacted their lives. They told us what they were thinking, they asked questions, they asked God. And the birthday child had the best birthday ever, we were told! We brought home 17 very tired, very happy kids who still speak about their weekend at SU camp and who want to know if they can go back again next year. This whole story has been a blessing to everyone involved in it - God, making the impossible possible. It is amazing that our God gave us so much that weekend, and what is even more amazing is that He did it all over again for us in November.
‘I waited patiently for the LORD, he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.’ Psalm 40
Written by Joyce, Scottish Borders