At The Right Place
I remember being involved in FCA in high school. I would go to the huddles, help out with worship occasionally, and enjoy the fellowship of other Christians on my campus. The promise of good laughs, surface-breaking conversation, and a break from the list of to-do things was always there so I tried to never miss huddles. Never did I think that in the future I would come on staff in the Prince William area as a summer intern 3-4 years down the road.
Coming into this internship I felt that I had a good grasp on the logistics of the campus side of FCA. What I had no knowledge of was the camp side of FCA. In high school, I had never taken my involvement in FCA past the huddles. Our first camp of the season was in the earlier part of June; Leadership Camp. I felt nervous, insecure, and almost like an amatuer at being involved in FCA. I had no idea on what to expect coming into this experience. The camp coordinators told me I was going to be a huddle leader...I had no idea what that was.
As nervousness crept in, I remember praying for the Lord to ratify that. I prayed that He would equip me to partake in the Gospel and in doing so, erase any insecurities I might have. I walked into the training time for the other huddle leaders and realized that I was not alone in being new to this experience. Granted, there were veterans there who had been going to camps for years now. Then there were other huddle leaders who had never been in this position before. Fear and insecurity eased away as conversations started and eventually broke the surface.
I noticed that all of the other huddle leaders shared a common joy and excitement for the weekend. It was infectious and soon wore off on me. In the short amount of time that training was, relationships were able to be cultivated and I felt as if I had known these people for months. I felt encouraged and lifted up by these people that I had just met.
As the actual camp started, I got to meet my huddle group. They were such an inspiring group of students. Each one of them had goals, excitement, and a call to take part in the Gospel. This was a leadership camp so all of the participants had some interest in joining the student leadership team for their school's huddle. It was encouraging to see these students take on a submissive role to the Lord's movement in their schools; not accepting FCA's presence in their school as their own cause, but rather the cause for Christ.
FCA is a sports-related ministry but the biggest unifying factor between the other huddle leaders and the campers was not the unity in athletics but rather the unity in Christ. In the training time, small groups, and during fellowship, that aspect of unity was never forgotten. Thinking back to any fears or insecurites I had in the beginning of this internship seems minuscule. The Lord does not provide for doubt and fear. He is much bigger than that! Throughout this summer of working within this ministry, I have grown to fall in love with it; no longer feeling out of place but simply feeling like I am at the right place-in a community of fellow believers all living out the cause for Christ.
Posted on Fri, August 6, 2010
by Mark Samudre