Wrapping Up Summer 2015

Camp Grace, Relating Publicly, Travel

I can hardly believe that over two weeks ago we said goodbye to our last campers at Camp Grace New York. I had a great month helping to serve nearly 100 kids on 150 acres overlooking the Hudson Valley. The property and view were amazing, and the staff and kids there were even more incredible


Many of the kids we served in New York were from Operation Exodus and had been to camp before. I love watching returning campers because they are so excited about coming back. It is obviously one of their favorite weeks of the year. We were also able to serve a new ministry partner called Born Again Disciples. I also love to see new campers experience camp for the first time. The two weeks of camp were full and exciting.


As much as I enjoyed doing camp again, it was not always smooth sailing. I was absolutely exhausted from eight weeks of camp in Georgia and even got sick for a short period. The Lord definitely taught me about leaning on Him and pushed me to really die to self during exhaustion and weakness in order to serve. It was challenging, but seeing the fruit of everyone’s hard work was worth each second I struggled. Praise God for growing me in every circumstance!


We saw 27 first time salvations within two weeks! The majority of the 100 campers who attended accepted Christ last year and experienced more spiritual growth during camp this year. Seeing the joy and knowledge gained within just six days was incredibly rewarding.


I was also fortunate to visit NYC three times during my stay. I had not been in four years, so I enjoyed walking around and seeing new parts of the city I never experienced. Several of the staff had never been to the city, so I had a lot of fun being able to share their first experience with them.

Spending time in the city and working with summer staff who are from the area really helped me realize how much camp is needed for the kids. So many of them need to get out of the city to have a change of setting and a gain new perspective. They face many temptations and hard circumstances in such an overwhelming, busy setting, and having a place to escape to and grow in is huge for them.


Roadtripping up with my #MediaTeam was a blast, and the boys did an incredible job capturing camp in just two weeks. You should definitely check out the CGNY Facebook and watch the video at the bottom to see some of their hard work! I’m so thankful for them.


Since my return almost two weeks ago, I have been easing into my duties for the off-season while also recovering from the 14 weeks of summer camp hours. I still have a lot of support raising to do on top of my fundraising, social media and design duties. If you would like to join my support team, click HERE. I could not be a part of this ministry without you!

Thank you for your prayers and support! I am so excited to see what God does next at camp.



June Update

Camp Grace, God
Forty-one. The number of days since I started working at Camp Grace full-time. They have easily been the 41 busiest days of my life, but also some of the most incredible. This morning I spent a few hours just being with Jesus and meditating over the past six weeks so I could gather my thoughts for this update. There was much needed filling up after weeks of pouring out.
 I’m so grateful for the opportunities I have at camp. I love my job. I love watching kids with heartbreaking stories join a family with eternal hope. Witnessing heart changes makes 16 hour work days worth each second. I’m tired, and Galatians 6:9 has been a reoccurring theme for the summer. Although I am called to work hard, I also know that there is a time for everything, especially rest.
 I have felt overwhelmed lately with the amount of roles I have at camp. Publicist. Designer. CIT director. Social media strategist. Supporter of leadership staff. Camera(wo)man. Head of the #MediaTeam. I would be lying if I said I never grow weary. However, I am reminded that I am nothing without Christ, and my true identity is in Him. When I fall short in my jobs (which I often do), I’m reminded that I’m free to fail because I’m defined by Christ’s actions, not my performance.
Some days I am still discouraged, but God is faithful to remind me what a gift it is to serve here. My favorite reminder was given to me on Friday. I had just finished shooting an interview with an urban partner, when my boss, Carrie called me over to the high zip line.
“Michael is about to conquer his fear. I want you to film it.”
I sat on a platform for 30 minutes while several of us encouraged him to jump from the top of the tower. It was not pleasant. The heat index here has been around roughly 110 degrees, so sitting with my camera aimed up was uncomfortable. Lucas, our camp director, sat on top of the zip talking to Michael. Things got quiet. Carrie looked at me and I realized that the child was praying a very important prayer on top of the tower. After he was done, he jumped, and I gained a brother in Christ as we all sweated at the high zip. I was also able to interview him right after, and it was one of the most joyful experiences I’ve ever had behind a camera.
I wish I had time to type all of the stories of life change that we witness each day. It’s surreal and an honor to help be the eyes of Camp Grace that show the public what we do. Thank you for your support!
  • Please pray for the hearts of the hundreds of children who will come through camp in the next month.
  • Pray for this next week, as we will host over 90 foster children. Pray for the staff that they will show grace and love amidst brokenness.
  • Pray for the strength and energy of all of staff as we enter the second, more difficult half of the summer. Pray that we will always remember the ‘WHY’ of camp and that we do everything for Christ’s glory.


The 7-Day Restoration.

God, Relating Publicly

For the last few months, I’ve been a part of  a very cool project. Bugs4Christ, a nonprofit ministry I work with at home,  decided to restore a junk car in a week. Before they began working on the rusty 1972 VW Super Beetle in February, they felt that they were to auction off the car to benefit a local children’s home. So selfless. So cool. I’m close with a few of the guys who work with this organization, and was asked to write a press release for the project so the community could get involved.

An actual press release. For an actual nonprofit. And an actual campaign that glorifies God.

Naturally,  I said yes.

I didn't take this!

The Before. Note: I didn’t take this!

I wrote the release and bio, organized media, and sent everything out. That’s all I can take credit for. It’s a God thing that people actually started to publish it. Websites, radio, print. The project even got its own TV spot when a reporter filmed an on-location story.

In the shop.

In the shop.

The restoration was finished in March. This summer, the Super Beetle went on auction. The car was also entered into Y U Buggin, a big VW car show in Atlanta. Out of all the vehicles there, the bug won Best of Show, the top award. A few weeks later, the car was sold to the highest bidder with all proceeds going to the Children’s Home.

The After. I DID take this

The After. I DID take this!

Last week, the project came to a close with the presentation of the Beetle to its new owner. The auction winner arrived at the Bugs shop, gave a check to representatives from the Children’s Home, and drove the bug to its new home in Atlanta. The give away was beautiful and joyous, though I think everybody involved in the project was a little sad to see the car go after such an incredible few months with it.  However, now thousands of dollars are going to help children in need, all because a few guys decided to restore a junk car.

I needed this opportunity so badly, even though I didn’t know it. I’ve always struggled with trusting God 100%, and this project has reminded me that if He’s called people to do something, it’ll happen, and it will be spectacular.

The (very happy) new owners

The (very happy) new owners

I’ve been given a gift. Something amazing to put on my resume, a real, published project for my portfolio, and experience that will help me throughout my career. I’m also helping an awesome group spread God’s love through giving. If that’s not job satisfaction, I don’t know what is.

(NOTE: please check out the Bugs4Christ Facebook page to see more pictures of this project, as well as other awesome projects these guys are working on) 

– K


The Camp Grace Experience.

God, Relating Publicly

The past six weeks have been crazy. They flew by so quickly, but I have memories of long days full of hours of taking pictures and updating websites, social networks, drives, etc. I have to say, these memories are also of the best summer job I’ve ever had.

Camp has impacted my life in more ways than I will ever know. This was my first paid PR job, and I must say, I LOVED it. I feel like my job was God’s way of confirming that I chose the right career to pursue. I loved spreading the word about camp. I loved seeing the numbers rise on our Facebook page. I loved starting the camp blog and updating it for hundreds to read each week.  I loved taking pictures and choosing which ones to use for publicity. Most of all, I loved seeing many kids’ lives being changed because of camp, and knowing that I’m helping people on the outside realize that lives are being changed is a beautiful feeling.


I will never forget the kid’s smiling faces when they reached the top of the rock wall, or passed the swim test, or rode a horse without help. I will never forget camp wide cheers, my coworker’s hilarious  skits, or huge group games. I will never, EVER forget my first Thursday night CrossTalk in the amphitheater with the sun setting over the lake. That night was the first night I watched through tear-filled eyes as fifty campers opened their hearts to God for the first time. That alone made the exhausting work week worth every second.


Now camp is over, but I still get the opportunity to live on campus and do marketing work for a little while longer. Summer camp may be over for 2013, but that means its time to raise support for 2014. I’ll be working with camp as long as they need me, and I cannot wait to see how camp will continue to grow in the next year!


  – K

Great things He has done.


I got a very important email today, one that would determine the outcome of the rest of my college career and influence my entire life. The email told me that I’m officially a part of one of the top Public Relations programs in the country.

This email answered my prayers, gave me a huge relief, and reminded me that God is always sovereign, even when I’m doubtful.

I seriously didn’t think I would get into my major. My grades were right on the “minimum” line, so naturally, I was terrified. So many times I’ve been “not good enough” for many jobs, positions, or people. I couldn’t bare the though of being “not good enough” for what I want to do with my life. Just the idea of rejection has weighed on my shoulders every day for the past few months. Writing, nonprofit, and communicating with others are all things that are close to my heart, and I am passionate about them. PR is my ticket to a career filled with my favorite things. This is why I couldn’t stand the thought of being rejected.

Luckily, I was blessed with acceptance. I owe my major to God’s Grace, since there were many reasons why I shouldn’t have gotten in.  I’ve promised to use my major/career to honor Him, because He gave me the opportunity to go to my favorite school and major in my two favorite things. I want today to always serve as a reminder that God’s plan is great, and I should never doubt Him about anything ever again.

– K