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Love in Action at JUMP

Amanda Barton

Saturday February 11th was a rainy and gloomy day on the outside but that was never noticed by the 60 campers, 9 Jr helpers, and 30 volunteers who spent their day at our 9th JUMP Day. We lined up several special activities that we have never done at JUMP before to make this Saturday extra fun.

As campers arrived, they got the opportunity to have their picture taken in a Valentine themed photo booth. They also got to make their own frame for their picture made out of duct tape and popsicle sticks. It was fun to see all the different creativity in choosing duct tape colors and patterns. We try to have a picture taken of them at least one time a year at Jump that they can take home.

The afternoon was filled with different rooms that they could choose activities in. For the first time at JUMP, we had two different inflatables. One girl was particularly excited and said, "I thought we only had inflatables at camp!" Another choice for the afternoon was a mobile video game trailer. Groups of sixteen kids could choose from five different video games and play for 30 minutes. After the first group went through and told everyone how much fun it was, everyone wanted to sign up again. When kids weren't playing video games, jumping, or running through the giant sports obstacle maze, many of them were in the toy room or beauty room. Many volunteers spent 3 hours curling hair, braiding hair, painting finger nails, and face painting. Our day concluded with group games in the gym.

In chapel, the message of perseverance was spoke through the story of Noah. We know that we all have trouble but if we know Jesus has overcome the world and all the trouble in it. Our theme verse for the day was John 16:33, " I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world!" 

What a day for our campers to be embraced in the love God has for them through all the volunteers in everything that they did:

  • Love from the kitchen staff who made them food all day long, including chocolate dipped strawberries.
  • Love from volunteers who painted fingernails in many rainbow hues.
  • Love from volunteers who played board games one on one with kids
  • Love from volunteers who sat inside inflatables to keep the peace and make sure no one got hurt.
  • Love from volunteers who took a whole day in February to help make Jump happen.

-  Thanks to volunteer Marisa M. for JUMPing in and summarizing this special day!