Literature Evangelism Experiences

I had SO much fun in LE (Literature Evangelism) class the first week of camp! On Monday Mr. Eugene Prewitt (our teacher) shared some tips and instructions on how to be a successful literature evangelist. He also gave us some time to go over our canvass and make sure we knew it.  We got to know each other a little bit and then were ready to go out the next day into the community.

On Tuesday I went out with my unit/tent counselor, Katie. She was one of the experienced canvassers so I was able to take a little time to get comfortable with the situation. 😉 After the first house she asked if I’d like to do the second and I told her “no”, so she did that house. As we walked to the third house she said “okay, Samantha you are doing this house!” I said “okay…I guess” Then when we got to the house I noticed that the owner was outside and for some reason that is intimidating to me…Katie did the talking at that house as well.  After that she insisted that I do the next house so I knocked on the door and nobody answered. Oh, the suspense! We finally left and after asking if she’d do the next house since I knocked on that door I ended up doing the next one…and nobody answered! I was getting a bit annoyed–nobody was answering their doors for me and I’m one of those people that is terrified of doing something new until I try it. Finally after 3 or 4 of those houses I at last got to talk to someone–and my mind went blank in the middle of my canvass. I was thankful that Katie took over!

We had some really neat (and some scary) experiences that day. We met a dear lady who bought some books and then told us that she knew Sylvia Evert (Mr. Tony’s wife) and that because we didn’t have a “Real Heroes” Bible story book that she’d just ask Mrs. Evert for it. 🙂  Then as we went along we met another lady who told us that she’d bought one of our cookbooks-More Choices-from one of the canvassers on the ferry last year. She wanted to see the other cookbook and ended buying that.  The creepiest thing that happened that day, and really all week, was when we walked up to this house and there were 4 or 5 men sitting outside. There was also a lady who was in a wheelchair and told us that we needed to talk to her mom about the books. So we did and she wasn’t interested, but before we left one of the men told Katie that her voice was sexy…Oh wow, and we’re turning our backs on these guys! Praise God He can take our backs while we move forward for Him!

Another day while I was canvassing with Victoria, we went up to a house and the man which answered the door told us that we ought to talk to his wife. So he got her and she came to the door. When we showed her the cookbook she wasn’t interested, but as I showed her the Great Controversy she said that we really ought to talk to her husband because “he’s the history guy”. She ended up shouting to him and he told her to decide. She said they weren’t really interested and we asked for a drink of water. She said sure and invited us in. Then she pulled out some chairs at the kitchen table (honestly, a canvasser’s nightmare) and asked us to sit down. We told her “thank you, but no thank you 🙂 ” and her husband said that she’d much prefer if we had a seat. Okay…I guess. So we sat there and drank our water as they kept us in constant conversation about EVERYTHING!! “So where are you from?” “Why are you doing this?” “What religion are you?” “Why would you go that far just for summer camp?” “Are you all alone?” “Do you know the area?” “If someone is driving you around, is he outside right now?”   Victoria finally thought we should be leaving and so told him that…His only reply “Who is the current governor of Florida?” Victoria wasn’t so sure and guessed incorrectly which got the man in a whole other conversation about the other man! I then said “we really should be going, we have a lot farther to go…” And then standing up touched Victoria’s shoulder and motioned when she looked at me that she should stand up too.  A couple minutes later of talk about the things they’ve been doing around their house and I repeated the fact that we needed to go and headed for the door. He finally stood up and said he’d let us out. The awesome part was that during that conversation we discovered that the reason they didn’t want the book was because they already had a lot of books…they ended up buying a DVD on Daniel 2!

Also that day with Victoria we talked to a man who told us he’d love to buy a book and help us out, but he didn’t have any money because he didn’t have a job. We told him we understood and then I asked if he’d like us to pray with him before we left. He said we could and so I had a prayer right with him at the door.

To you that may be a silly thing to be excited about, but to me (a girl who hates praying with anyone) it was a huge victory! Mr. Prewitt had encouraged us to pray with people at the door but I had thought that I’d just ignore that. Needless to say, God had other plans! Before I knew it we were on to the next house and I was praising God for His willingness to work with even the most nervous individual who wants to serve Him.

Then for the Grand Finale of stories…

Notice how the log hit the windshield more on the passenger side. The driver still had clear enough vision to drive all the way “home”.

On the way home from canvassing on Friday afternoon we could tell a storm was brewing. I don’t remember why right now, but for some reason we decided that maybe we should pray. Katie had a prayer for us asking God to protect us as we drove home and to also protect the others on the road and the campers at YD.  Just after she finished Mr. Prewitt saw visible rain up ahead and so started counting down to when we’d be in it: 5…4…3…2…1 BOOM!! (And he didn’t make the “boom”!) We all opened our eyes (shut them very fast because we were startled) and we saw that the windshield had been shattered!

This picture was taken sitting still waiting for the ferry to leave…It was STORMY!!

The “visible rain” that Mr. Prewitt was reffering to was not rain, but sticks and one of the large ones had hit the van. Mr. and Mrs. Prewitt and Katie who were in the driver, front passenger, and middle second row seats had glass all over them. Thankfully the windshield didn’t completely fall in, so somehow Mr. Prewitt had the presence of mind to just keep driving-of course he made sure everyone was ok.

We made it to the ferry and the two who were canvassing the ferry got the most surprised look on their faces that I have ever seen. Their mouths dropped open and they just stood still as statutes until we parked and then they came over and were like “what happened?!?!?!?!” Mr. Prewitt called YD and notified them that we were almost back and the van was not in the best condition but no one was hurt except for a very small piece of glass that got into one girl’s chin.

It was kinda funny when we pulled up by the kitchen–it almost seemed we could be celebrities! 😉 Mr. Evert was there to meet us and soon one of the camp nurses, a couple of the office staff and Mr.Ted were there also. I don’t know all who, but there was a crowd by the time we were all out of the van.  As we girls walked back to “girl’s village” we were taking glass slivers out of our shoes and shaking our backpacks, dusting our shirts and jumping to get it off of our skirts. We had an interesting story to tell our friends who weren’t with us in the van!

Praise God absolutely no one got hurt (or even close) on YD’s actual property! This really cool video shows how the Lord moved the storm around YD…

 

So, have any of you done LE? It’d be fun to hear about your experiences!! 🙂

Until next time,

Samantha

YD Camp 2012-The 12 hour Drive & Misc. Stuff… :)

On Sabbath, June 14 I was super excited! I suppose you can probably guess why by the title of this post. 😉 Here’s my last FB post before camp:

“I’m leaving for Young Disciple Camp tomorrow!!! I’m leaving for YD camp tomorrow! I’m leaving for YD camp tomorrow! 😉 We’re driving, so taking the 12 1/2 hour drive in two days…Anyway, I’m leaving for YD camp tomorrow!! LOL I’m super excited-getting to go for both weeks this year! Last year I couldn’t sleep the night before I flew up there, this year it will be two nights because tomorrow I’m leaving and when it’s tomorrow I’ll be arriving tomorrow! (Did you follow?) Anyway, I’ll be gone for 2 weeks and when I get back I’ll probably post about the same thing…”I got to go to YD camp!!! I got to go to YD camp!!!…”

Kinda crazy, huh?

The next morning I was a greeter at church and when my Pastor came in he said “So you’re leaving, huh?” I told him “yes, and I’m VERY excited!” To which he replied “I can tell!!!” 🙂 I think my smile grew a bit that morning (and we’re FB friends so he’d read my post…).

Jonathon and I left around 2 that afternoon for our 12 16 hour trip to camp and he drove until 11PM when we finally stopped to sleep. He went to sleep before too long, but I had some difficulty. Finally just after 1AM I woke up to some guys laughing ridiculously in a truck parked next to our car. I noticed that Jonathon was already awake and asked what they were up to. He said he didn’t know and I told him that it might be wise to leave. So we both sat up and the guys in the truck quickly drove off.  We ended up leaving anyway…

Next we stopped at a Wal-Mart around 2:30 and fell asleep there to the sound of carts “pushing themselves” around the parking lot. (Really the wind was just blowing really hard.)  We got up to leave the next morning and discovered that because of the brightness of the security lights we had left the headlights on…and the car’s battery was dead. We had to wait an hour for the Tire&Lube to open so that we could ask them to jumpstart the car for us.

We then got on the highway again and before long our directions told us to exit that highway to get onto another one-follow the signs for Spokane. So we did just that and ended up on a highway with a different number than the one we were supposed to be on. I called home and Mom told me that it probably had two names and if we really followed the signs we should be fine.

Two hours later we couldn’t find the next turn and after a very frustrating time trying to find cell service in the middle of nowhere I got Mom on the phone again. After telling her where we were she looked online and told us that we were most definitely on the wrong road and we should turn around ASAP. Ohhh…Two hours!!!

We drove the next two hours just to get back to a place where I knew we were on the right road. We found our way to the right highway and made it to camp just after registration started.

I had awesome counselors both weeks and had so much fun!

One of my counselors the first week (At Friendship Feast Friday evening)

Mr. Tony at Friendship Feast the first week (I didn’t get pictures of FF the second week. 😦 )

Jonathon and I got to sit across from each other for friendship feast…

Mr. Ted and Tanner having a “conference” after Friendship Feast. (And Caleb hanging around them. 🙂 )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first week I was challenged to learn how to get places in my Bible very quickly-among many other things-by our campfire speaker, Elder Randy Skeete. The thing which impressed me most is the fact that Elder Skeete knows his Bible! He uses many Bible verses and SOP quotes in his talks and he had nothing except a mic in his hand. He obviously spends a lot of time committing God’s Word to memory.

In First Aid class (taught by Mr. Fischer, one of the camp nurses) I learned how to do some basic first aid in the wilderness. In choir (directed by Mr. Tony) I had a lot of fun singing with other young people (and staff!). In Literature Evangelism (taught by Mr. Prewitt) I had a wonderful time going out into the communities to share God’s love. (I’ll write a whole post about that later.)

 

 

 

 

 

My unit getting ready for “creative line call” the second week. 😉

What I looked like for creative line call…We were all backwards: “Backwards all, Word the of Doers, Sir!” (Sir, Doers of the Word, All backwards!-We are usually supposed to report: “Sir, [unit name], [how many present: all present, all accounted for, or however many missing…]”)

After two weeks Mr. Prewitt’s observant ways started to rub off on me. 🙂
This squirrel sat on that branch for about five minutes not budging until I turned my head and it moved it’s tail to the position in this picture. It then continued to sit there until I left (when I went back a couple minutes later it was gone.) There really is quite a lot of interesting things in the woods along the paths at YD!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second week I honestly don’t remember a whole lot about the campfire talks. (Whatever you do, don’t tell Pastor Reeves!!!)  I do remember that he told a story or two about when he was younger, that he told us he is a pastor-and that some don’t believe that because of his young age, and that he used to be a YD camper.  I also remember that he told us that his brother died about a year ago… 😥

Now, before you think he wasn’t interesting (or I am awful) I’ll let you know that I was extremely tired! I caught a cold that was going around at camp and I also wasn’t sleeping very well most nights. I know, excuses, excuses…

In Joy of Nature (taught by Mrs. Vega) I learned about disecting critters. In choir (still taught by Mr. Tony) I once again had an awesome time singing in a choir (a once a year treat for me!). Choir was an extra special blessing the second week even though I was sick and had a bit of trouble not coughing as I sang. We practiced three different songs: He’s My Very Best Friend, All to Jesus I Surrender, and I Will Go (the second one had a tune written by Mr. Tony and the last song was completely written by Mr. Tony.) Each one was an answer to prayer for me: I’ve been wishing for close friends-He’s My Very BEST Friend, I’ve been struggling with college plans (mine and God’s seem to have started out quite different)-All to Jesus I Surrender, and I’ve been wondering if I should apply to go on YD’s Mission Experience (my Mom thought I should, and I thought it would be an awesome experience considering I’m thinking of spending my whole life overseas somewhere as a missionary)-I Will Go. I don’t know if I’ll be able to go or not-I sent in my application-Mr. Ted said that every year a lot of people are turned down because there’s not enough space, but preference is given to YD campers so I might be able to go… 🙂 Then, in Spanish I learned some basic Spanish words and was also able to act as the teacher’s (also my counselor) assistant because she didn’t have one and I knew a (very small) bit of Spanish already.

In Deep Bible Study the second week Mr. Prewitt (who is the Literature Evangelism director for Ouachita Hills College) mentioned-I don’t remember why-that if anyone was planning to go anywhere except OHC for college they should talk to him. 😉 I asked if they had a nursing course and he told me that I could probably take the first year or two at OHC. I think I just might…

So anyway I had an awesome time! So many awesome things happened at camp I don’t think I could possibly even remember them all.  I am so thankful for a place to come away and reconnect with Christ and have fellowship with other young people with similar goals in life.  If any of my readers are young and longing to live a life that is pleasing to God (and not already from YD) I would strongly suggest you join us next year!! You’ll never regret it!

Until next time (when I get to share some awesome LE experiences)…

Keep Pressing On!

Samantha

P.S. If you want to know more about YD camp you may visit their website at: www.youngdisciple.com

What’s Up?

Well, I have to say I’m VERY glad that I said in my last post that I would likely not be posting quite so often anymore!  Somehow life gets super busy and with a computer that has quite the temper (and is challenging me to control my temper) writing blog posts seems to go pretty low on my list of things to do.

So anyway here are a few of the things I’m up to…

Memorizing a canvass for Literature Evangelism class at YD camp next week. I’m SO excited!!! 😉 (Got this just a couple days ago…My brain is about tired of memorization!)

Weed-whacking at the church…and elsewhere. (I took this pic-kinda goofy…)

LOTS of Algebra (this is my Mom’s paper, she was waiting for my computer to load…) 🙂

Mountain biking with Jonathon at Applegate Lake…

Quotes from an old phone book… 🙂

Can’t forget to spend time in the Bible and other inspiring books!

Writing poems at work…My weed-whacker broke down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, in case you didn’t catch it Jonathon and I will be leaving this Sabbath (Saturday) headed for YD. Considering it is a 12 1/2 hour drive from here and Jonathon is the only driver going we’re going to sleep about half-way there for a while and then spend part of Sunday morning at the waterfalls we stopped at on the way to WWU.

Also, I would really appreciate if you’d pray for Christian Berdahl. He needs our prayers! (I have permission to share this…) He is having serious trouble with his back (bulging disk, bulging into his spinal cord) and has a speaking engagement this weekend. He is in quite a lot of pain-as you’d imagine!-and is asking that we pray that he’ll still be able to fulfill his commitment in WA this Sabbath.

I want to go home, my friends! This world is quickly becoming very overwhelming to me. For quite a while I lived a very secluded life where I never let anyone in, and now that I’ve decided to live a better life I see that so many people are hurting and it just breaks my heart! I battle with “a lump in my throat” as I write this, thinking about those who are hurting, sick, dying, or recently passed away. (And not only in physical ways…)
Let’s all do our part to hasten Christ’s coming, shall we?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful

Airplane pic of the sky

There was peace knowing God had full control!

You may be thinking “Sure, it’s pretty-but peaceful? I’m not so sure!”.  Well, I understand so I’m going to tell you a story….

It was July 2011.  I had a very strong desire to go to Young Disciple Youth Bible Camp in Inchelium, WA. This desire was more that just a “desire” it was a long-lived dream-probably since about 2007 or ’08.

There was a problem, though.  YD (Young Disciple) camp is in July and it was already that month!  I’d brought the idea up to my parents and they had told me that I wouldn’t be able to go that year-maybe next.

I’d gone to bed and I laid down (crying wondering if my dreams would *ever* come true, begging God to change my parents’ practical minds) I heard my Dad calling my name. That kind of worried me because I…uhh…was a bit upset and had been yelling in a slightly grumpy way the things I could be thankful for–I was trying to change my attitude about life (and I was surely a bit sarcastic in my words…).  Well I shouldn’t have worried (and my attitude quickly changed)!  As soon as I came into their room my parents started asking why I wanted to go to camp, what the purpose was, and if I had plans about how to pay for it.  I left their room that night-two weeks before Missions/Music camp-with permission to go if God saw fit to provide the way.

There was a LOT to be done!  I’d need to be accepted by Young Disciple as a camper, purchase a plane ticket, and most of all raise money!  Long two-week story short my friends and family all helped out what they could and I just wasn’t quite making it.  It was Tuesday the week before camp and I was still hundreds of dollars short.  In Tuesday’s mail I got two letters (okay, one was addressed to my parents) one was the results from a recent homeschooling test I’d taken and the other was from a friend of ours.  The only reason I mention the test results is because I’d been really worried about my scores-I was sure I *couldn’t* have passed a couple of the sections.  Anyway in the letter from our friends was $400 and I passed the test in all sections with almost the highest grade possible!!  I was *so* excited! 🙂

In the next few short days I purchased that airplane ticket, I was accepted by Young Disciple as a camper, and I praised God for His wonderful love.

In the airport I was no less than scared after my Dad dropped me off and left.  I was all alone in a place I’d never been to before-and I had a slight fear of not knowing what I was supposed to do and missing my flight or something.  I’d brought my Bible in my carry-on bag so I got that out and opened to the book of Psalms.  Here’s what I read:

O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.

Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.

Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. —Psalms 139:1-4, 7-12

So to me this was peaceful. I took it during the flight to YD. To me it showed the fulfillment of a promise: “Ask and it shall be given you“.  And as we soared through the air I couldn’t help but think “Above the clouds the sun is ever shining!”  (It’s one of my favorite songs!)  God’s love is awesome and it shines even through the clouds! 🙂

And yes, I had lots of fun at camp! (Sorry I couldn’t take very many pictures… 😦 ) If you’d like to see the pictures that camp staff took you can look here, they are not all from Music/Missions (there are two weeks of camp-the first is Outdoors Camp) photo 95 is my unit I’m on the far left from the viewer’s point of view…. 🙂