Coming to Lutheridge is Coming Home

7/6/2015

Lutheridge is known by many people, from all walks of life, as their home away from home. Whether they started coming at ten days old or applied to be on summer staff with a college friend, each story is different yet so very much the same, beginning and ending on this very special mountaintop. 

For three mothers, camp was the source of their friendship and, now, the reason for their periodic get-togethers with their young children in tow. Molly Brey Johnson, Annah Nesbitt Lord, and Rachel Lape Drew met on staff during the summer of 2003, going on to serve multiple summers as counselors, members of senior staff, and Molly even served for a time as the Assistant Program Director at Lutheridge. As the three served together as group Bible study leaders, during the week of June 21-27, with their children at KidzCamp, they were able to complete their circle of service at Lutheridge, and more importantly, they were able to pass on their love of camp to their children. Annah even shared their hope for all of their children, all within 3 years of age, to go on to be campers and counselors together, always sharing that special, inexplicable bond.

When asked to share their favorite camp memory, none of them were able to call on one moment, but rather one feeling of connection that encompasses their time here. Molly said that staff worship was a time when she was able to bond with her fellow staff members, who were able to show her the spiritual gifts that they saw in her, giving her the confidence to go on to serve in so many different capacities. Annah received her 30 year patch during this week, so Lutheridge is her heart and what makes her feel whole. She shared that every time she would drive up to the Lutheridge gatehouse, as a child, she got butterflies in her stomach. Being able to come back as an adult, she and her friends finally know what that feeling is: it’s the feeling of coming home.