Nathan Smales Alumni '12-'16

“In 2012, God used this tiny camp in Brackney, Pennsylvania to completely change my life and put it together in a way far better than I could have ever imagined it. I have learned what it means to love with compassion and conviction those who are different than myself. I learned that you can walk in joy regardless of your life situation or circumstance.

Camp cultivated a love for individuals with developmental disabilities that has led to a passion stronger than any other I have ever known. I am now a foster dad to 14 boys with developmental disabilities in Hyderabad, India. I take care of their daily needs and make sure they are safe and loved as they deserve to be. Everyday is an adventure and camp has been such an essential
part of where I am today.”


Ellen Moore alumni '17

“To be honest, I still can't believe this next step in my life is a true one. I am about to embark on a journey to lead a therapy center for children who have special needs in rural Nicaragua.

Have I ever done anything like this before? Not really. Do I feel prepared? Nope. Do I know what to expect? Absolutely not. Hmm... Feels kind of like when I signed up to be Head Nurse at Shepherds Camp - and that was one of the best experiences of my professional career.

Working as a nurse at Shepherds Camp was one of the most challenging experiences. Anyone who has experienced camp should understand. Yet, at Arrowhead Bible Camp this past summer, God revealed to me the beauty of the human soul made in His image. I met so many beautiful people and I was challenged by my perception of the world. Jesus gave me a picture of humanity's spiritual reality. Spiritually, we are weak, disabled, delayed, misfit, and broken. Yet, in that condition, Jesus chose to give up His perfect life to have relationship with us. He chose us to love, care for, and heal - in our need. So many of the campers I interacted with had truer souls then many of the broken and lost I interact with everyday. I truly count it a privilege to love, serve, and learn from the individuals I will be working with in the 'different ability' community.”