My name is Victoria and I am a sophomore at Louisiana Tech University. My major is Speech Pathology and my hope is to become a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. During my free time, I enjoy photography, reading, and spending time with those I love.
Here at the Timbers, I go by the name “Glory Days,” or “G-Days” for short. This is my first summer working at Pine Cove, and I know it’s going to be incredible! I have been praying for every camper this summer, and I am excited to see what God will do this week.
I never thought I would work here at Pine Cove, let alone a Christian summer camp in general. A lot of people agree, that it might seem strange for me to spend these 6 weeks pouring into a bunch of wild eighth and ninth grade campers. But I know exactly why I work here.
I come from a broken family, and that’s something that I was aware of even at a young age. Neither of my parents were around very much when I was younger. In fact, my mom has been a drug user for over twenty years and, as a consequence, has been in and out of jail my whole life.
When I was born, because of my mom’s lifestyle and the choices she made, my extended family wanted to put me up for adoption. There was a family set up to adopt me and everything, but God had other plans for my life. At last minute, my family decided to keep me, and I lived with my dad’s parents for the early part of my childhood.
However, when I was five years old, my grandmother suddenly passed away. My grandfather wasn’t fit to care for me on his own, so my family was again having to deal with what they were going to do with me. I have an uncle who lives in California, and I was going to move out there to live with him and my aunt. Once again, the Lord had different plans for me though, and I moved in with my mother’s parents, Nonnie and Pops. It was living with them and going to middle school in Prairieville that led me to my best friend, Rachel, who ended up being the person in my life that introduced me Christ. There was something different about her, and I noticed that immediately. One day, she invited me to church with her, and the community I found there was unlike anything I’d ever experienced, even within my own family. It was there that I learned what a relationship with Christ looks like, and I ended up accepting Jesus as my Savior when I was in eighth grade.
Growing up, I’d always desired to feel like I belonged somewhere. Because of my family situation, I was bounced from house to house within my family. I really wanted that safety and security that a lot of my friends had in their families. When I accepted Christ, I realized I could find that in Him.
Though things didn’t necessarily get easier for me after that and I still continued to know hardship and pain, I found comfort in knowing He was there all along. When both Nonnie and Pops passed away in my last years of high school, and in the world’s eyes I had no one left, the Lord has used all of it to teach me so much about who He is. When they were both getting sick, my prayer was that they had to be okay because, otherwise, everything was going to fall apart. But through it, God showed me that He is the only one who can fully provide for me. You can’t cling to things of the world for safety and security, because those things fade so quickly.
My prayer for the campers this summer is that they come to know that He is the only thing that will be enough. I am an orphan; we are all orphans. But God has adopted us into his family. While our earthly families might fail us, He is everything that we need. He is the only one that can fulfill and satisfy all of us.
Every camper has their own story. Some look nothing like mine; some look a lot like mine. Whatever their story, every one of them needs to hear of the saving power of Jesus, who considered each of them specifically worth dying for.
I’m thankful for God’s sovereignty in my life. I’m blessed to be in His family.
And that is why I work here.
In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
– Ephesians 1:5-6