Changes: A Great Fortune

A lot of times, changes in our lives are difficult to take because we relate them to the word “replacement.” But what does the word change really mean? It refers to leaving one thing or situation to take up another. It’s hard for us to understand that the changes in our lives can be good.

At the beginning of this year I faced a big change. That change was Camp Hope. For different reasons we had to leave the community of Nueva Esperanza this year. Lucinda and I were wondering what was happening or what God wanted to say to us through this situation, which at first left us really sad when we thought about the camp kids.

A few days later, we visited the Baptist church in a neighborhood called Montefresco to talk with the pastors and see if they would let us use the church for camp, and their response was a big “YES.” We felt a little more relaxed then, but we still thought about the kids of Camp Hope.

Time went by, and as registration day got closer, our supervisor asked us a question: “What will the new camp be called?” We started searching for names, and there were several options, but with God’s guidance we selected the name Camp Vida (Camp Life), a very fitting name considering the atmosphere and culture of camp, the natural beauty that surrounds it, and incredible people who are always supporting us. All of the changes that were happening led me to this verse:

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." (James 1:2-5)

This verse reminded me that often when we feel that we don’t have the solution to our problems in our hands, we just have to trust in God and leave everything in his hands, always asking him for wisdom; and learn to receive the changes, knowing that there is always something to learn from them. May we live each day accepting changes, overcoming challenges, and, most of all, trusting that God will always help us through.

Tania Guerra - Camp Vida Director