The other day, we got an interesting and rather long phone call in the office. The other secretary took it but we all heard it since it was so quiet. It was quite obvious form the conversation that it was a displeased camper Mom and that it had something to do with Catholicism. When she got off the phone, we all just looked at her expectantly.
First off, the lady was not mad at all. She just wanted to know it this was a “safe” camp for Catholics to attend. Do we intentionally try to undermine Catholic beliefs? Her daughters have been campers for years but something had happened this past summer. Her daughter came home full of doubts as to some of the Catholic rituals. Also, she had been telling her friends in her Catholic school that evolution was not correct and was promoting Creationism. She also said that when her daughter was at camp they discussed the pope and her daughter wasn’t convinced she really agreed with the idea of a pope anymore. The mother was concerned; her daughter’s faith was being torn down.
Now, this mom didn’t want anything said to the counselor because she really liked her and didn’t really think she was intentionally doing this.
What she didn’t know was that I work in the office……and I was her daughter’s counselor.
I remember that week so clearly. It was the only week I had older girls (age 11-12) and I had at least 3 who were Catholic. So of course it was a topic of conversation during Bible Study. Not because I brought it up, but THEY did! (As a side note: I don’t remember talking about the pope at all that week. But she certainly could have formed her own opinions!) We did talk about who we should pray to and such things as that. I mean, when we started to study the Bible, these girls had questions. “If the Bible says that, then why do we do this?” I always stressed that YES you can be a Catholic and be saved! Of course you can! Also, God is the only one who can see a person’s heart and I can’t tell anybody if they’re saved or not.
That’s what I stressed to all my Catholic campers. Apparently, this Mom thought that we were anti-Catholic here when we aren’t really. However, what she meant for a slight reprimand, got me so excited!
I got to see some more fruits from camp. How this girl was challenged by Scripture and how it applies to her life! It’s encouraging to me and…
I’m going to pray for this young lady.