Where It All Began

karabrooke1

In the summer of 2004, I attended my very first Joni and Friends Family Retreat. I went as a  volunteer, also known as a Short Term Missionary (STM), being a buddy to a person touched by disability at a camp which served the entire family for five days. I had written on my application that I was active and energetic. When I read the profile of my camper, whose diagnosis read like  a page from Webster's Dictionary, I was filled with nerves and excitement. I had come to this camp, thinking that being able bodied, I would be a blessing to others. But what ended up happening was that I grew to ...[Read more]