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Jenna’s Story

Jenna Gilio is a Cabin Leader at Youthfront Camp LaCygne this summer and she has worked at Youthfront Camp West the past two years. She took a little time to share some of her story with us.

Q: What is something that made you want to be a Cabin Leader?
A: Well, I grew up coming to Youthfront, and I didn’t grow up in a Christian home. Coming to Youthfront for the first time with one of my friends was the first time I ever encountered Jesus, and my Cabin Leaders were a huge part of that. So I wanted to keep coming to Youthfront and be able to do that for my campers.

Q: What is something about Luke 15 that you have learned about this week?
A: I think something that’s really stuck out to me so far was the video we watched. I can’t remember the name of the speaker, but he said that the most important thing that we should care about, and the one question he believes Jesus is going to ask us on Judgement Day is, ‘Did you truly believe that I loved you with my whole heart?’ So I think for me, that’s been something I have been really thinking about this week, because a lot of times I try to make it about myself, like ‘How much do I love Jesus?’ and ‘What can I give him?’ But I think a huge part of it is how much do I understand that He loves me.

Q: Can you describe a moment where you’ve seen the Holy Spirit at work while at camp?
A: All the time! That’s the best part of the job—seeing campers being moved by the Spirit. But one time in particular–my first week cabin leading ever–I had a camper who was pretty quiet and didn’t speak up a ton during discussion. On the last night, the speaker asked all of the cabin leaders to line up at the back of the room, and told the campers that if any of them needed a prayer for anything, then go ask their cabin leader to pray with them. This girl was the last one I would have expected to ask us to pray for her, because she was so quiet. So I started worshipping and I had my eyes closed, and then I felt a tap on my shoulder and she said, “Will you pray for me?” So we sat down together and started praying, and when we opened our eyes, we were both crying. It was a really cool moment. The Spirit was totally moving in that moment.

Q: What is something that you have learned from Youthfront about community and everyday life?
A: This was the first place that I experienced a Christian community, so that will always be super special to me. We do everything together—we eat together, we pray together, we have fun together, and play together. I think it’s cool to see a huge group of people living their lives for Jesus together, but it’s also really cool as a Cabin Leader to see kids from all over and with totally different personality types become such good friends in one week.

Jenna Gilio, Cabin Leader at Youthfront Camp LaCygne

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