As a child, Emily Attebery would plead small prayers for forgiveness from God. She knew of him, but it wasn’t until she finally decided once and for all to surrender her heart to the Savior that she felt true forgiveness and peace.
“Although my beginning as a Christian started out simple with Christ putting that knowledge of the need for salvation in my heart, the rest of my life has been a testimony of things he has protected me from and things I’ve learned about growing as a Christian: You need to dedicate your life further as you grow stronger in faith,” stated Emily.
Now she is older, attending Stephen F. Austin State University, and she can’t wait to use her love and gift of filmmaking as a mission field to share her passion for Christ with those who need his hope.
In the summer of 2016, Emily had a chance to exercise this love of filmmaking at Daniel Springs working as a camp counselor. Though she had known about Daniel Springs all of her life because of her family’s experiences, she had never attended the camp herself.
“During the spring of 2016 I saw advertisements for young adults to come work at the camp,” said Emily, “and I specifically saw videography as a need. I recently had graduated from junior college, and I thought that this is a good transition summer for me, and there’s a position open involving something I love to do, so why not? It was the perfect time and place for me to work at camp, and I’m so glad I got to experience it.”
She remembers her time as a camp counselor as “a truly unique experience,” because it was very hard work, but at the same time extremely fulfilling! For every memory she has of the hard work that was required of the counselors, she has a memory of the joy that came along with it. One of her favorite memories from camp was when the media team made a surprise video of the summer’s memories for the Daniel Springs counselors.
“We made a last-minute decision to pull together pictures and videos of the counselors that we had compiled over the summer into an end-of-year video,” she reminisced. “It was a little stressful trying to keep the secret (they kept coming into the media room when we were working on it), but finally we pulled it together and made a viewing setup for everyone. It was so cool for us all to sit there and watch the video that showed all our memories of the summer…I got to see things through a different lens, literally.”
Though she was not a “traditional” camp counselor, Emily Attebery was able to use her gifts and talents to benefit the camp in such an interesting way, filling a very specific need that aligned perfectly with her future ministry path.
“The camp has impacted my life, because it’s reminded me where I want to invest my skills in the video/film industry,” said Emily. “It’s for places like Daniel Springs, places and causes that God needs people to know about, because he has something special planned. I wanted to be able to glorify God with videos in some way, and Daniel Springs was the very place that allowed me to do that.”
She encourages those interested in becoming a Daniel Springs camp counselor to go for it, because it gives them so many opportunities to be a part of God’s plan.
“You get to be an example for kids who may not have much to look up to, and you get to be a leader among your fellow workers,” concluded Emily.
Are you interested in attending Daniel Springs Baptist Camp or becoming a camp counselor? Visit danielspringscamp.org for more information1