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I Can Do This

Doris Casey volunteered to serve with MAD Camp having no idea how she could manage it. But God provides! Read her story, and sign up to serve at TMUMC.ORG/madcamp.

It's almost time. Time to see the kids from Wesley-Rankin Community Center.

About 175 students from Wesley-Rankin will be filling our buildings here at Trietsch on June 26-29. This is a chance for them to journey out of their community to our church campus and participate in a four day MAD for Jesus camp. MAD? Yes, MAD-Music, Art, and Drama.

I volunteered thinking, "I can do this; after all I have worked with students all my life in my career and as a Mom." All I had to do was escort the students from one activity to another, visit with them, and help them participate in the classroom lessons.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine…" Proverbs 17:22. I can do this.

Little did I know where God would lead me after being a shepherd that first year.

The following year I served on the leadership board getting volunteers to sign up and organizing the group of students they would work with each day. As stated in 2 Corinthians 5:20, we are to be Christ's ambassadors to these children.

I was happy in my little role until the following year when God pushed me out of my comfort zone. There weren't enough electives for the older students to participate in the afternoons. I remembered Romans 12:6, "We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us..."

Before I knew it I had opened my big mouth and was volunteering to teach a sewing class. I had not taught sewing in 20 years! My head started spinning. How many could I teach at a time, where would I get all the sewing machines, iron, ironing board, fabric, scissors, pins, pin cushions, thread, buttons, sewing, and hand needles? I should have known all would fall into place. I received the leftover blocks and fabric from the Heart Ties Quilters, friends loaned their sewing machines, and several ladies over the years have blessed me by coming to assist in the instruction.

The first year, we held two classes of a simple nine-block patch due to time restraints. The past two years we have had the students for three days in a row for an hour, and we were able to make a tote bag. This year it has grown even bigger. I will have students for almost 3 hours and will have three different sets of students. We will even have a class of young men making a drawstring backpack; God thinks so much bigger than I do.

It is so fun to see how at first they are very quiet and not sure about this machine in front of them. After we learned the parts and they practiced a few seams, the whole atmosphere in the room changed. They selected their blocks and we are off sewing and pressing away. One of my favorite memories is when one student declared, "I thought sewing was boring and for old people. This is so much fun!" 

This will be my sixth year to volunteer to work with the students from the Wesley Rankin Center. What a pleasure and privilege it is working with them. Though it is a thrill for them to travel to Trietsch for a week of fun, it really ends up being a blessing for all of us that volunteer to work with them.

As Paul taught us in Philippians 4:8-9, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."

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