How God used a postcard and a counselor for lasting impact
by Julie Prindle
Receiving e-mail from Megan was typical. She and I wrote frequently, exchanging the blunders and thrills of life and corresponding requests for prayer. In her previous message, she’d written about telling two friends about her faith, experiencing the joys of regular devotions, and finally getting her driver’s license. Megan is like a younger sister to me.
I remember this particular e-mail that came a few years ago because I had anticipated it for weeks. The news spread a ridiculous grin and mascara from happy tears across my face. I was awed. God had done so much in our lives through a small thing: a postcard.
I hadn’t predicted a long-term ministry when I greeted Megan and her parents at the cabin door. I thought I was committing myself to the junior highers for a total of five days. In reality, I was committing myself to a much greater blessing of ongoing friendships.
Megan and I connected that week at camp. My grin and tears after I read her e-mail were a response to irony; our relationship is the result of a follow-up ministry I considered insignificant that first summer. At Hidden Acres Christian Center in Iowa, counselors are encouraged to write postcards to all of their campers to encourage them in their relationships with Christ. The postcard I wrote to Megan was one of many. God blessed me through those camper postcards (and later, e-mails), and Megan is just one example.
Over the years, I’ve been privileged to watch God strengthen her faith and be reminded that He’s working on me, too.
Two summers ago, Megan counseled her first cabin of campers and was in the same position I was in six years ago. Last summer, I was honored to serve as the head girls’ counselor at Hidden Acres. My former camper Megan was one who followed in my footsteps, working under my supervision as a 16-year-old junior counselor.
Who could have predicted that the Lord would use dorky camper postcards—which seemed like such a hassle to write at the time—to produce a new generation of counselors who are passionate about serving Him? A short, loving note and a stamp changed both Megan’s and my lives, and potentially many more. I know that God will work through her life to touch her campers.
Julie is a senior at Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She plans to attend graduate school in the fall. She spent six summers counseling at Hidden Acres Christian center in Dayton, Iowa.
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