As a child every summer I would get so excited to go to Monarch Bible Camp with all the joy that the staff would give me. Now that I am a staff for a second year, I feel like camp doesn't just change the lives of the children but the staff too. This year seeing all children and their faith in God has really helped me to be closer with God. I have matured physical and spiritual from my experience at camp and it has made me realize I have made a difference in the lives of children. This year I was in charge of the picture cd’s and I could see the difference we were making just through the pictures. Camp just gives me that assurance of how powerful God is and how much He loves us. What I got out of camp is that I want to be a missionary in my own country and bring people to Christ.
Kathryn Christian – 2nd year
While spending the summer sharing my faith in Christ, I grew closer to God. I learned how important it is to love yourself, as God created each and every one of us just the way he wanted us to be. This was important to me, because before coming to Monarch, I didn’t particularly love myself or even liked myself or my body, but at Monarch, I learned to love myself, and to not put myself down, but instead give myself encouragement, and, in my weakness, to pray to God, and ask Him for the strength, as He has all the power. I also learned the importance of reading my Bible. I used to read my Bible maybe once a week, but coming to Monarch, I learned how important it is to read your Bible every day, so that I can grow spiritually with Christ. At Monarch, we do a Bible reading every day, so it has gotten me more interested in the Bible, and in reading it. I took a week off, in order to recuperate from camp, and during the week, I have found myself wanting to read my Bible more than I ever have before. I could tell you everything that Monarch has done, and how I would have never worked here, if it wasn’t for Teresa’s persistent nagging, but I would say that two years of her doing that was worth it, because I wouldn’t have changed my experiences or my summer with Monarch for anything, well, maybe for another year at Monarch.
Emma Downer-Price – 1st year
This has been my fifth summer at Monarch, so I generally feel like I know what I’m doing and how things work when it comes to camp and as Staff Supervisor, I felt to a certain degree that that was what was expected of me. My first summer at Monarch was when I realized that it was okay to question God ad that it didn’t mean it didn’t make me a bad Christian if I did. Since then, I’ve only added to my growing list of questions. Part of my job this summer has been to prepare daily devotions for our staff team and to address more difficult and controversial topics, most of which I have yet to find a satisfactory answer for, and the thought of discussing issues that I don’t have an real answers for made me anxious. But through conversations with the staff, I realized that none of us really have any better answers than my own. The difference is in the willingness to accept what God’s Word says, but also what it doesn’t say and that if something is left out, it’s not that God forgot, it’s that we don’t need to know. So going forward, I know that I need to let go of what I want for myself and what I think is right and I know that my friends from camp will continue to encourage me to accept God’s will more wholeheartedly. Philippians 3:12-14
Rebekah Kennedy – 5th year
Throughout the years at Monarch, I have learned much about who God is and how He has impacted my life. When I was about 6, I asked Jesus into my heart at camp, but I didn’t really know what it meant. As I’ve gotten older, my faith has grown and I have realized what being a Christian means. Camp has truly allowed me to come to know Christ for many reasons, starting with all of the friends I’ve made who share the same faith, being able to connect with the staff has been a great experience. Also, hearing about the lives of some of the campers has allowed me to see how God works differently in everyone. At some points, it may seem as though Christ has completely left you and at other times you might feel hopeless. However, I’ve noticed that God is always with us and we are worth so much to Him. So when you think He isn’t answering you or is ignoring you, remember Luke 11:9-10, “So I tell you to ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be open to you.” God wants us to ask Him for guidance, He doesn’t expect us to go at anything alone. Camp has definitely guided me to become a stronger Christian and trust in the Lord more. Without Monarch I don’t exactly know where I would be in mu faith journey. So I would like to thank Teresa for her hard work and dedication over the many years. This camp changes the lives of many children, like it has changed mine. I am grateful that I got the opportunity to become a staff this summer and help campers experience the great joy of God.
Olivia Cina – 1st year
Hi there, before you begin reading my Impact Story, I just want to say Thank you for supporting all of us Monarch Bible Camp Staff this summer. What a great year we all had, from having fun in Bobcaygeon to Ennismore and up north to Eagle Lake. The Lord has done amazing things this summer from our morning staff devotions. I have gained a better understanding of what the Bible is saying. I’m glad God called me back to be part of Monarch Bible Camp so I could grow in my faith. Returning this year as a 2nd year Senior Staff also has been amazing to see al the other staff grow in their faith and I cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for all the other staff members. I hope the Lord continues to let this ministry grow in many years to come. Also, I would like to thank the campers for another amazing year of camps and those who pretty much travelled everywhere we went. And to those who accepted the Lord into their hearts this summer, I pray God protects you as you begin your new journey as a Christian. Again, I would like to thank everyone who has been involved with Monarch this summer and I hope you can get involved again in the future. Thank you for reading my Impact Story. Keep cool!
Scott Armstrong – 2nd year