Today our oldest son turns 19, the last of the teenage years. Technically, he is starting his 20th year.
It’s also the day he begins a summer of working at Camp Iawah (acronym for “In All Ways Acknowledge Him”) in Eastern Ontario, Canada. For ten weeks he will be cooking and serving meals to hungry campers and staff, and hopefully assisting in some technical areas as well. Both are things he’s gifted in.
Unfortunately much of his allowable funding didn’t come in, despite various requests to our friends by e-mail, and on this blog. It’s too bad. When you’re a teenager, the summer is prime time for earning money. When I was his age, I had more balance in my bank account than I knew what to do with. Today, the economy is different. When I worked in Camp Ministry with another organization, I got paid a full salary each summer. But that was the mid 1980s. This summer he’ll get paid the same amount as I did, but in 2010 dollars it doesn’t go nearly as far.
But that’s the kind of person he is. He wants to serve. He wants to be in God’s will. He wants his life to make a difference. Those are sentiments that should belong to each of us, but they are especially commendable coming from a 19-year old.
So Happy Birthday, Christopher — or Chris as your friends know you — and know that your mom and dad are very (righteously) proud of the person you are and the person you are becoming.
Have a great summer, Chris(topher).
If you still wish to support Christopher this summer visit this June 15th blog post. The camp can’t receipt U.S. donors, but then again, we don’t always give to get tax deductions. Canadian donor tax receipts are available.