My name is Tyler and I am a senior at Mississippi College. My major is Physical Therapy and my desire is to become a pediatric physical therapist because I love kids and desire to motivate them as they recover from injuries. When I have free time, I like to spend it in fellowship with good friends, playing sports, reading books, or playing guitar.
At camp, I go by the name “Songz” and this is my second summer working at the Towers. This summer, it is my whole-hearted intention to not only spend time with your campers while having fun, but also spend time together in God’s Word and learn more about Him.
Let me tell you a little bit of my story.
When I was the age of the campers we work with here at the Towers, my dad was ill with a form of cancer that was highly aggressive and often proved terminal. So my life during those years was full of hospital tag-alongs, weeks at a time of not seeing my dad, rough moments when the struggle would wear on my family, and multiple health scares.
Helplessly, it seemed, I watched my dad go from the loving, almost super-human I thought him to be, to a worn human who needed help to do anything. Eventually, he passed away the day before Father’s Day in 2004.
Fortunately, my dad loved Jesus and I am sure that he went home to be with our Father. But at age 10, I struggled with the concept that God, as loving as people said he is, would allow my father to suffer and struggle like he did. It confused, angered, and saddened me to the point that it took me years before I would be receptive and saved by the very same Gospel that saved my dad.
Every child that comes through the Towers has their own story. Some look nothing like mine, others look a lot like mine. Some are wonderfully beautiful, others are heartbreakingly tragic. Whatever their story, every child needs to hear of the saving power of Jesus, who considered each of them specifically worth dying for, and has plans to give them hope and a future.
I wish my broken heart had been told that more when I was their age.
Now God has given me an opportunity. He has blessed me with a job I love, where I get to play games and act goofy with (and maybe even learn a few lessons from) kids all summer. More importantly, he has given me the honor of being one of the many counselors here teaching these precious little lives, each with their own story, about his abundant love for each and every one of them.
That is why I work here.
Whoever becomes like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a child like this in my name welcomes me.