“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-14
God has granted each of us another chance of a life full of faithfulness, joy, and love to Him for his gracious gift to us on the cross. “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” These words remind us as Christians that we are the Lord’s Masterpiece. If we find ourselves questioning the Lord by saying, “Who am I?” or “What makes me special?” we should ultimately turn to God himself for the answer. He is the One who created us and has given us a true identity on this earth. “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” We are perfect in his eyes, no matter the different physical appearances, personalities, or struggles we have physically or mentally.
Each year Jesus Cares Ministries along with Camp Phillip organizes a Jesus Cares camp specifically for individuals with special needs. This Christ-centered camp offers a variety of activities and opportunities to grow together in Christ. Whether making cards, swimming in the lake, singing during music period, or listening to God’s Word around the campfire, the campers are not afraid to share the love of their Savior our loud. This camp continues to be a blessing to staff, volunteers, and for the campers themselves. All of these individuals have an opportunity to learn from each other and are forever impacted by the strong faith these campers bring to camp.
“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see.”
Imagine starting out your morning fresh by hearing this beautiful song. This is a song surrounded with words of encouragement, love, and gratitude. One of the campers, every morning would sing this song to me as I passed out medication. These moments, joining in singing with this camper, will forever be in my heart as I am reminded that we are on this earth, not to glorify ourselves, but to serve the Lord in all we do. Christ has allowed us to see once again.
As a Senior Nursing student at Wisconsin Lutheran College, I was blessed with the opportunity to assist Nurse Debbie Ottesen with numerous nursing tasks, such as medication administration, charting, and taking care of illnesses. This experience has helped me grow as a future nurse, not only in material knowledge, but more importantly spiritual knowledge. I created many relationships with the campers, staff, and volunteers. I was able to spend quality time with these people and learn from each of them. The campers that I encountered gave me an opportunity of a lifetime. Words cannot express the amount of joy they had for their Savior as well as the impact every one of them had and continues to have on my life.
The title of this article, Special needs-Special LOVE, is a great reminder to have that special love that these special needs individuals have for the Lord. Not a love that we should keep inside, rather, let it be known through our words and actions every day on this earth. To God be the glory!
“And whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11:26
Senior Wisconsin Lutheran College Nursing Student
Thank you to Bill Truebenbach for giving me this opportunity!