Camp Baldwin, Alaska

Caleb Collins

Caleb Collins – ECCC

Sunday, May 26: 

Alaska

After flying all day yesterday, we settled into our camper around 1:00 AM, the sun still well above the horizon. We left around 9:30 am to go to church, and I've got to talk about how much I love that church! It's so small and personal, which is something I've never experienced before. We ate burgers and hot dogs at our host's house and shortly thereafter we went on a half mile hike that nearly killed me. However, I did get some great pictures and saw one of the most beautiful views I've ever seen. After that, we came back to the church for a few hours and played games, hit some softballs in the yard, and then ate leftover burgers and hotdogs and here I am, writing this at 11:30 pm. I feel like I've been here for a week but it's only been one day!

Monday, May 27:

Today was the first day of theological boot camp, and it just about killed me, but I loved it! There was some great discussion that took place and we all got to know each other a little better through it. We woke up and read Exodus 11-20 and Numbers 13-14. We've got to read Joshua 1-11 for tomorrow, and we're cramming four weeks’ worth of Bible studies into one week. This is trial by fire for sure, and it's becoming apparent to me that I'm going to need God's strength to get me through this summer.

Saturday, June 1:

Camp Baldwin

This past week has been awesome! I've gotten to know my teammates really well and we are already starting to grow pretty close. Today is the last day of Camp Counselor training and we start teaching Sunday school tomorrow. I, along with the other two Mississippi guys, will be teaching the youth boys. We've been having long, beautiful, warm days and then it will cool down to about 60 degrees in the evening (there is no night). But I started to take this great weather for granted and it's been cold and rainy the past two days. It's about 45 degrees right now (9:25 AM) and the high for today is 52. Yay... Next week I'm going to be working VBS in Delta Junction, a little over an hour from where I am in Salcha. I don't know what my assignment will be, but I'm excited nonetheless. 

Wednesday, June 5:

Here I am, on the floor of the First Baptist Delta sanctuary, typing this out, outlining a week and a half that has felt like a month. The kids have been reasonably well behaved, which was less than expected but still appreciated. I’m teaching the Bible story today and Friday, and we'll just have to see how that goes. I finally got to see the camp, and y'all. It. Is. Tiny. Hopefully, I'll have plenty of pictures soon, so you get an idea of just how small this camp really is. 

Camp Baldwin Team

In closing, I just ask for your prayers that God would give me the strength and endurance to make it through this summer and not lose sight of what I'm here to do. Please also pray for our team, because no team is perfect and we've had some minor conflict that has been resolved for the most part, but we're stronger together and can do so much more that way. Thank y'all for all of your love and support!