“So we labored in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning until the stars appeared.” (Nehemiah 4:21)
The study for our summer staff training comes from Nehemiah. Judah had been captive for some seventy years when Cyrus of Persia made the proclamation to rebuild the Temple of the Lord at Jerusalem. (Ezra 1:1-2).
Word reached Nehemiah, the cupbearer of Artaxerxes, that the wall of Jerusalem was broken down and the gates were burned (Nehemiah 1:1-3; 2:1). He asked the king to send him to Jerusalem to build the city and secure its gates (Nehemiah 2:3-6).
Then as now, the work of the Lord is not easy and there is often opposition. This year is no exception. At this point, every summer camp in North America has either cancelled their season, closed their doors, or made changes in their schedule and policies to make camp happen. It has not been easy and the battle has really only begun.
Once the work was underway in Jerusalem, opposition increased and the work was stopped for a time. When the task resumed, the builders worked with one hand and held a weapon in the other. While half worked, the other half stood guard watching over them (Nehemiah 4:17-21).
As we begin this work of the Lord, some of our regular volunteers are not able to serve because of limitations placed on them by work, health, or family obligations related to Covid-19. Many hours have been spent (and will be spent) working on policies and procedures to keep our campers and staff safe and within the guidelines provided.
This work is important! For many campers, this is the highlight of their year. For some, it will be the turning point for the rest of their lives. The gospel will be preached and lives will be changed.
Will you stand guard over the work! Will you commit to at least one daily season of prayer for the campers, the work, and the workers at Camp Horizon?