Luke has completed his 2nd week of Work Crew at TimberWolf Lake. It has been challenging for sure, because Luke's body is just so tired, but we have seen God's merciful hand in many ways. A few highlights:
1) After feeling terrible (stomach pain, nausea, etc.) the first week, Luke suddenly started feeling much better. It's been remarkable. We are grateful to God for providing this relief. For all six days Luke was able to work and connect with his crew, and in his words it made for an "amazing" week.
2) During each week at Young Life camp, members of the Work Crew go and visit cabins to meet campers and share about God's work in their lives. During week 1 Luke really wanted to participate, but just felt too lousy. During week 2 he was able to do it. He visited two different cabins. The first was a "Capernaum" group, with special needs kids, and Luke loved it. Then he spent some time with a group of guys from Chicago, and was able to share his story. The leader of the cabin said it was very powerful...he didn't think it was possible for his guys to be so quiet. :)
3) Another tradition at Young Life camp is the "cardboard testimonies." The Work Crew kids are asked to describe the impact God has had in their lives in two short phrases, and then they write those descriptions on the front and back of a piece of cardboard and reveal them in front of the entire camp. Luke was determined to participate. He was the last Work Crew person to walk (yes, he walked!) onto the stage. The front of his cardboard (see photos!) said "broken on earth," and when he turned it over it said, "made whole in heaven." Through our tears, Laura and I were so tremendously proud of Luke. His perspective and trust in Jesus made a huge impact on the entire camp.
4) At the end of the week, the entire staff team (see photo) gathered in the club room to encourage and pray for Luke. This was a complete surprise to him, and he was incredibly touched and humbled. Everyone wore a yellow "R818" shirt (for Romans 8:18), and they cheered for Luke and then prayed for him as well. We are so grateful that, in the midst of terrible, Luke is not alone.
5) Once again, this past week at TimberWolf Lake a bunch of kids (60+) put their faith in Jesus for the first time. Luke got to be part of that. What a privilege.
Now it's on to week 3, with almost 500 Middle School kids arriving at camp this afternoon. We will continue to take things one day at a time. Luke is determined to make a contribution, to help kids find their hope in Jesus. Please keep praying...it's making a difference.
Our prayer remains the same. We can't stop, WON'T stop praying for God to heal our boy. (James 5:14-16)
James & Lu,
(for Sam, Jay, & Luke)