Welcome to the first “Wednesday Words” post of 2015. today we are featuring Carmen Rogers from Bristol England who led our New Brunswick Day Camp Team this past Summer. Carmen has a really interesting story to tell. I hope you find it as inspiring as I did!
Thank you, Carmen for sharing it with us.
asked me about 4 months ago if I would write something on here for all you
lovely people to read. Over the last 4 months I have been thinking of what I
could possibly write that would be remotely interesting to read, and couldn’t
come up with anything! Turns out my life isn’t that interesting! Anyway, when I
got the ‘reminder’ email from Valerie saying there was only one week to go, I
suddenly thought I need to come up with something quick! Seeing as I was out of
ideas I thought it was about time I asked God! As a consequence of that I am
now just simply going to tell you my story, the story that led me to day camps
and is still playing out now, after day camps.
August 2011 I lived in a lovely part of England called Salisbury in Wiltshire with
my parents and two brothers. As is the tradition, we went to the annual
Christian conference where I have helped on kids’ teams for as long as I can
remember. At the conference, I had a strong urge that God was telling me I was
going to be a children’s pastor. I spent the rest of the week talking with
various leaders to try and see if I could find an internship that I could do to
get a bit of experience in children’s ministry. In the end I felt God saying it
was the one in Weston-super-Mare – the place where the kids leaders were from.
I discussed it with them, visited their church around the end of August and by
the beginning of September I had moved out of home and into Weston-super-Mare.
Weston I spent a year on internship shadowing the kids’ pastors of the church,
after that I got a job in a local primary school while still doing as much as I
could with the kids at the church – developing a strong relationship between
the local school and the church. During this year God really gave me a clear picture
of what my ministry was going to look like, but it was nothing like anything I
have ever heard of in England. It was so big that when I told people about it
they often laughed!
the end of 2012 I felt God saying to go and do some training. After lots of
searching I found myself in Trinity Theological College in Bristol doing a
theological degree. While I was at college I met Rev. Brett Cane who on finding
out my passion told me about Crosstalk Ministries. This really excited me! I
jumped at the opportunity to go and see how children’s ministry was done in a
arrival in Canada, I was instantly met with the awesome chaos that is Day
Camps, and loved it! By the end of my time in Canada I had seen it in action! I
had seen the picture of what God wanted me to do in England in action all
around Canada! Day Camps was the living breathing thing of what I felt
God telling me to do in England.
you would imagine, I got back to England very excited. This vision was possible
after all! I started meeting with various people about setting the ministry up
here. Even got so far as to getting people who were willing to sponsor the set
God threw a spanner in the works. The student loans company that was funding my
degree suddenly decided that they were not going to give me enough money to
finish my degree and what’s worse is I was getting married in the next 8
months! I needed money! So after pressing the pause button on my day camps
dream and university I am now working full time in an office trying to save and
pay to live.
may be thinking, why is she telling this story if it doesn’t have a happy
ending? The reason is simple; this is the most amazing story of God’s timing in
my life. At first, yes I felt like the floor had been taken from under me, but
now I am realising God knew I needed space and time to focus on getting married
and settling down before I went into this new adventure. You see God hasn’t
given me a toy and then taken it away! I haven’t given up on the dream he has
given me but I realise, to get there I am just taking a different route than I
thought I would before. I am really looking forward to what is coming next
along the journey!