Praise be to God, encouragement from my parents and mentor led me to camping ministry and Tandara Lutheran Camp and I couldn’t be more thankful and grateful for all that this year has taught me. I have really enjoyed my time at Tandara this year. Highlights have included leading ‘high ropes’ activities and preparing meals and serving campers. It has also been enjoyable to spend time in fellowship with staff on walks in the Grampians. I have been able to spend several weeks in Anglesea at Araluen the Lutheran camp. I have really grown to love all of the staff at both camps who have welcomed me, made me laugh, and have kept me busy learning new things during these unprecedented times.
This year I have experienced and learned from the struggles that come with not being able to see my family that I love so dearly for a long period of time, and the challenges of studying and working full-time but I wouldn’t have this year any other way. God has worked in me, starting out with no friends in different state and has given me courage to make new friends, build my confidence and strength on the hard days and at the low points in order to make the most of each day and every experience.
God has certainly been a constant encouraging presence for me, along with the support of my parents, helping me through every day. I certainly couldn’t imagine being without either. From this intern year, I have learnt so much to take with me into the years to come, and my hope is to be become a primary school teacher in the not too distant future.
One of my favorite bible verses which I have been able to reflect on for the year is written in Isaiah.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Laura Wuttke, Tandara Lutheran Camp Intern 2020