Here at the Timbers, we have an incredible staff. We have wonderful leadership, counselors, and program staff. We also have those few faces who are behind the scenes in their servitude. They are often not recognized for the amount of work they put into camp, but honestly, camp would not run without them. One of these faces is our cook, Jesús Gerardo. Jesús is constantly a bright face in the kitchen, and he always puts everyone before himself. I had the opportunity today to interview Jesús about himself and the role he plays at Timbers!

Me: What is your camp name and why?

Jesús: Spike. When I went to get my camp name, I was super shy and didn’t really talk to anyone. Every question they asked, I kept it at a minimum with yes, no, and shaking my head. So they asked me who my favorite comic book character was and I told them the Wolverine. So they named me Spike because of the Wolverine’s claws and also because my hair was spiked up out of my head.

Me: How long have you been working as a cook for pine cove?

Jesús: As a cook, three and a half years. I used to work in housekeeping part-time for Pine Cove, as well.

Me: How did you end up here at Pine Cove?

Jesús: My family and I moved to Bullard, Texas, and my mom got a job here so they asked me if I wanted to work because I was looking for a job. Before, we never heard of Pine Cove, so it was pretty new finding a place like this: a Christian work environment. So I decided to stay here and ended up becoming full-time.

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Me: What is your favorite meal to cook?

Jesús: My favorite meal is Friday’s meal, even though it’s a little harder. (Breaded chicken, potatoes, broccoli and cheese, rolls)

Me: That’s definitely one of my favorite meals. Tell us about how you came to be a Christian.

Jesús: When I came to America from Mexico, we were Catholic, but we never really went to church. My dad had leukemia so a friend from church started coming to our house and telling us about God. So my dad was always super into the Bible, but we never really touched it because we didn’t know because we were so young. When my dad got baptized, we started getting more involved in the Church and we got baptized about a year later when I was 16.

Me: How do you show your faith in Christ through your job?

Jesús: By serving everyone and being there for everyone with what they need. I am able to give the kids food that gives them nutrition to get them through the day. I love being able to serve others.

Me: What is your favorite part about your job?

Jesús: My favorite part is probably cooking; I never like cleaning up the messes though. I’m just kidding, but yes, I love being able to cook for others. I really enjoy it.

Jesús emulates pure service. Yes, he serves us; but, we know that he is serving the Lord, Jesus Christ. He makes the food that the campers need to nourish their bodies and get them through camp in order for them to learn and praise Jesus’s name. We pray that all of the food that he prepares blesses the bodies of everyone here and that his hands are blessed for preparing it. We thank him for his selfless service.

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”

-1 Peter 4:10

Until next time,

Hawaiian Munch
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