Ellie Molnar, Hospitality and Outreach Director
However far we find ourselves off the path God intends for us, He has a way of always bringing us back. Back to our home, our roots, where we are best used to share our Father’s love and glorify Him.
My first summer camp experience began in 1997 on Kelley’s Island, with the Ohio Leadership Training Institute, and 20 years later I found myself back at it in an entirely new capacity. Even in recent years, I’d never have guessed that I would be spending my days at a summer camp and retreat center, let alone at Pleasant Hill Outdoor Camp, but my first (almost) year on staff has shown me that I’m right where God wants me.
Jumping into my role at the beginning of a very busy summer of camp wasn’t the most comfortable way to acclimate, but it sure was effective! Long hours and 6-day work weeks aren’t always easy, especially for a newlywed, but the reward has far outweighed any sacrifice. Watching our amazing counselors and junior staff share the love of Jesus with over 300 children last summer was such a joy to behold, and I’m so excited for the future of PHOC as we seek to share God’s love with even more children.
My role requires that I spend perhaps a bit more time in the office than I’d like, but it allows me to reach out and develop new relationships within the surrounding community while nourishing the relationships we’ve cultivated over the years. I’ve discovered the many challenges that come with working for a growing non-profit organization, but I’ve welcomed the challenge with genuine joy, knowing that it is God’s work I’m privileged to be doing.
At times when I feel ill-equipped, or I’m struggling to find momentum, Ephesians 2:10 strengthens my resolve:
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
God reminds us that we are created purposefully to do His good works, and that each of us are equipped specifically for the work he has prepared for us. When we face challenges that test our determination, we should rejoice in the opportunity we have to glorify God in all that we do, especially in moments that test us.
My prayer is that God continues to guide the future of this camp with His able hands, so that we can do more to glorify Him and serve the community we love. If there’s something we can do to serve you, pray for you, or better love you or your community, please let us know. I hope we’ll see you and your children in 2018 for Summer’s Best Adventure!