Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Welcome Camp Daniel’s Newest Intern, Evan Hartwig!

Welcome Camp Daniel’s newest intern, Evan Hartwig! Evan is from Eagle River where his parents Kurt and Amy and younger siblings Gabe, Anna, and Andrew reside. He is a sophomore at North Central University in Minneapolis where he is pursuing a degree in Business Administration, with a minor in Biblical Studies and Pre-Law. As a part of his schooling and independent study, he has stepped into the internship program here at Camp Daniel for this semester. Evan is excited that he can continue pursing his degree and be a Camp Daniel intern at the same time!

Evan first started volunteering for Camp Daniel’s summer camps in the Counselor In Training (CIT) program in 2009; after his youth pastor, Eli Schackleford, encouraged him join their mission’s trip. Evan recalls he was pretty nervous about getting out of his comfort zone and working with people with disabilities for the first time. However, once he started his first week, he was hooked! That week made such an impact on his life that he returned later that summer to volunteer another week.  He has volunteered every summer since then.

Last summer, Evan participated in Camp Daniel’s six-week summer internship program. He felt it was a fantastic experience, which allowed him to learn a lot more about ministry and what happens behind the scenes to run camp every summer. This experience left Even wanting to experience more ministry life and serving opportunities. He feels the full-time internship program is an opportunity for him to explore and experience more of what ministry is all about on a daily basis, even when summer camp is not in session.

Evan will experience a variety of roles and activities here at Camp Daniel. He will work along side other staff for spring workdays, The Able Church Winter Retreat, special events, and preparing for the summer camp season. He will learn more about daily life of people with disabilities as he lives and works with the guy residents in the Hartley House. He will experience the mundane tasks of garbage and snow removal, construction on the grounds, and whatever task is at hand. He will have roles at The Able Church in Green Bay, as well as help coach The Able Attack Special Olympics teams. He will also help lead a youth group in Crivitz.

At the end of this experience, Evan hopes to have a greater understanding of daily life in ministry, how he may fit in the future ministry of Camp Daniel and a have clearer picture of God’s plan for his life.

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