Over the past several years, I have seen God’s provision in my life. He has been there through all. Even when I am worried about things like rent or tuition, God has not let me down. It has become abundantly clear God is with me in everything. God is our provider, but that does not just mean financially. God will come through and provide us with what we need—physically and to spiritually. At Philippians 4:19 says: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
We recently finished our fourth week of Kids Rock Summer Camp, and I have been amazed at how God has provided in countless ways. Each week, a different mission team has come in to help, and let me tell you, they are definitely different. God has a funny way of working things out and sending the people we need for that week of camp. No matter the size of the team sent here or the varying gifts God has given them, they seem to be exactly who we need. Every Wednesday morning we have a time of praising God before the camp starts, and each week one of those things is the unique way the team has been a blessing to us. How cool is it that God cares for us so much to send us the correct people every time?
I even see how God has put the teachers into the classes where they will do the most good. There had been some shifting of teachers before the camp started, and it has worked out to be the best thing for the kids—and for us. It almost seems too good to be true when I think of how it worked out to have the teachers with the correct kids, but God is good.
God’s hand has truly been over this camp from the very beginning. Obstacles have come up, but he is faithful in seeing us through them. There have been problems and a few miscommunications with the parents, but again, God has been with us and used those issues to have beautiful conversations come out of it. It is clear God is working not only in the hearts of the kids, but also in their parents.
A few weeks ago I was reading an article titled “Perfect Patience with the Worst of Sinners.” I was struck by a quote from David Mathis: “But Jesus is not just powerful according to our natural expectations. He is surpassingly powerful.”
I forget all too often the absolute power of Jesus, and this camp has grown to show me God can and will do as he pleases. If God wants to reach a family through this camp, he will. It may not look the way we want it to, but it is how God wants it, and that is more important than any obstacle we may face here.
God provided for me to come serve this summer, and he will continue to provide for me to follow him in his plan for my life. More importantly than that, though, is he will continue to provide people to serve this community and these kids. Praise God for his faithfulness and love towards his creation!
Autumn Friesen, a student at the University of Texas in Austin, is serving in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with Go Now Missions.