I was blessed to have spent this past week on Freed-Hardeman University’s campus at Horizons. Although I am sad that this was my 6th and final year as a camper and I have no idea if I will ever go back, I am joyful that Horizons exists. It makes my heart happy knowing that lives will be touched and the world will be changed with the existence of the camp I love. Everyone needs to come to Horizons at least once in their life, either as a camper or as a counselor.
Horizons provides opportunities to stretch the limits of our comfort zones. Horizons has definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone and I am thankful for that. I may still be really awkward when around people but I’m definitely more fearless. I am no longer afraid of things that once terrified me (e.g. public speaking). For guys, there are song leading and speaking classes, opportunities to lead singing, and to participate in the guy camper lead devo. For girls, you have the opportunity to give devos or lead stairwell singings in your dorm and participate in the girls only camper lead devo. Horizons provides a safe place for you to practice getting out of your comfort zone. You will definitely grow as a Christian if you embrace those opportunities.
Horizons gives us support for our walk with Christ. One evening there was a baptism and people (who didn’t even know the girl who was being baptized) were holding hands in a circle, singing praises to God, and supporting the girl in the pouring rain. How beautiful is that?! People are willing to give encouragement and support to anyone because are all striving for the same goal, heaven! The counselors also provide a great system of support. I was super nervous about speaking at the girls only camper lead devo and my counselor had my back and supported me through it all. At Horizons, there are over 1,000 people there ready to offer support.
Horizons teaches us to serve. We made hats, put together toiletry bags for a women’s shelter, made encouragement cards, did landscaping for a children’s home, went door-knocking for a local congregation, sang and visited with the residents at a rehab center, delivered cookies and cards to the local law enforcement, and we raised over 1,500 dollars to help a Horizons family with medical expenses. Horizons gives us the opportunity to serve and shine our light in the community.
Go to Horizons, it will change your spiritual life for the better.
My name is Jennifer Odom and I've been a Christian since October 2011. I'm an 18-year-old freshman at Freed-Hardeman University. I like reading, crocheting, and Bible journaling. My favorite verse is Philippians 1:21. I write for Tomorrow's Church, Today and am the editor for Beyond the Foam. I hope to speak at several ladies days, become a music teacher, get involved with mission work, and bring as many people as I can with me to heaven. Stepping in Light is affiliated with the church of Christ.