Personal Narrative: A Forty-Foot Jump

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Camp is place unlike any other. It is a place that people’s wall begin to fall down and new relationships are formed. This is bound to happen when you drop 200 teenagers in the middle of the Smoky Mountains without any of their electronics. I was lucky enough to be chosen for the Project Serve team and got to see camp from a new perspective. I got to be a part of all of the behind the scenes work, but also daily interactions with all of the campers due to my job at camp. I had been flown 1,500 miles to be a lifeguard for the week. This meant I got to work the blob and see how ministry could be done through telling people to jump off a decently high tower. It’s here where I met Kiera. A forty-foot jump is what separated Kiera from conquering her fear of heights and a soft landing onto the blob. Several times she made her way to the blob tower to watch her friends take the jump and make conversation with me, but she never wanted to make the jump herself. The conversations ranged from snippets of her home life to who had the best Chaco tan line between the two of us. Claims of having taken the jump before …show more content…
You see, I had been in Kiera’s position not so long ago. I knew what it felt like to be told I wasn’t good enough, that because of my past God couldn’t use me, especially not in a ministry setting. All it took was one person to pour truth and words of affirmation into me for me to realize the plans the Lord had for me. I wanted so badly for Kiera to hear this message and I knew by the end of the week that she had. Kiera’s entire demeanor had changed and she was beginning to throw away her fears. She no longer believed everything negative that others were saying about her, but was starting to see all the potential that she possessed. As soon as Kiera said yes and went under the water, she became a new creation. Nothing from her past mattered

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