We have had a lot of visitors come to Musana Camps over the last month. Because school has been on holiday, most of these groups were children or young adults. One of the groups we had the privilege of hosting was a group of 25 girls from 1 More Child in Jinja (an organization that works with street kids) that stayed at the camp for ten days.
As we introduced them to biblical womanhood, we studied topics such as worldview, being image-bearers, biblical submission, relationships, God as our Father, and true worship. It was an intense time of pouring into the lives of these girls, but also a wonderful time of seeing how God’s Word and the Holy Spirit are able to change lives. Many of them began the week saying there were only three women among them (their three leaders), but ended the week saying they were all women. As they spoke of things they had learned, one girl said that she never knew what a good woman was supposed to be, but now she had learned what that meant. Another said she was no longer going to listen when others criticized her for her looks or for being young. Instead she was going to remember what God said about her and trust in that. Another said that she wanted to go back to her home and teach her younger siblings about the things she had learned.
As I taught the girls and interacted with them, I was reminded that God wants us to be focused on making disciples and investing in the people around us. He is not so concerned with getting
things checked off a list (which is what I often focus on) as He is with His good news being spread to all people. As I prepared for teaching, as I prayed for the girls, as I sought ways to talk to them even though there was a language barrier, I was reminded of how God has sought us and is continually pursuing us, bringing His truth into our lives, laboring over us, and helping us to be transformed into the image of His Son.
“Go and make disciples,” is what Jesus commanded, just like He did. I am so thankful for the people that have taken time to invest in me and help me to grow throughout my life, and I am so thankful for the other staff here at the camp and our volunteers who helped share the load of bringing God’s truth to these girls this week. May God’s light (which is what “Musana” means) continue to go forth into the world, starting with our interactions each and every day with the people around us.
By Kendra Jackson, Musana Camps Staff