I heard about camp last year in Iowa from our friends Dave and Margie. They asked me if I wanted to be one of the chapel speakers at camp. That meant that I would be sharing a message or leading an activity all four days of camp. I had 90 minutes each day. When they asked me last year I was very anxious about it because I had never spoken to large groups many times, and never for that many days in a row. I was excited and after talking with Mom and Gregg about it, we decided to say yes. It was an easy experience for me that changed my life. I said yes, and since that time I have had so many other experiences to share my story and my music.
I haven’t been as nervous this year because it was so respectful and beautiful last year. It was the first time that a non-verbal person had been asked to speak at this camp. They have fourteen camps in the United States. I was so thrilled at the friends I met there because they were so kind and interested. I asked Gregg this year to help me lead discussions so I don’t have as much time to share, but I think it will be even better.
The theme is “freedom”, and I have found it this year. I feel so fortunate because God has made many miracles in my life. I want to have everyone experience that too for themselves. It’s going to be fun to share how my life changed because the camp leaders believed in me. If people never gave me opportunities I would still be in a day program that gave me little to hope for, let alone recognize me as a musician or speaker.
Today, I am feeling very glad.