Author Archives: Amy Austin

Letter from a Camper to DPF Supporters

Dear DPF Supporters, My name is Mathew, I am an camper at Cane Ridge West in Montana. This year we had an amazing Peace Intern come to Cane Ridge to act as a counselor at MCYF camp and it was an amazing experience. She had a lot to share with us and had some challenging […]

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Laborers in the… Toxic Grass Yard?

I got to lead an activity on Wednesday to illustrate the parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard. I presented each small group with the challenge of getting from one side of the front yard to the other by only stepping on the small paper plates they were given. They had to work together as […]

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Bridge Talks

One of our campers was unable to go on the hike this week because of physical limitations. I offered to stay back with her, eager to spend a little one-on-one time together and turn what could have easily been an embarrassing and discouraging afternoon into something questions that encourage people to continue sharing, sometimes helping […]

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Transformational Moments

As I sit at the kitchen table of my Montana host and enjoy some blueberry yogurt with fresh fruit, looking out over the beautiful Montana landscape, I reflect on the past few weeks and all the transformational moments I have experienced. At Tall Oaks camp in Kansas City I experienced the closest family group that […]

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A Mini Lesson on Privilege

It’s been a lot of fun having Chi Rho here the same week as CYF. I’ve gotten to pop in a few times, sing and dance to a couple energizers and spend a few minutes telling the kids about the Disciples Peace Fellowship and the internship. Going along with the superhero theme for the week, […]

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Oh the Simple Joys of Camp!

I love everything about s’mores! I even love making them over a grill or with marshmellow cream when we can’t have a real fire. I love the energy they bring, the excitement, the sticky fingers, the rushing back for more, the fact that I can never seem to break graham crackers fast enough to keep […]

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Adopt a Problem

If not us, not them, if not now then when? If not here, nor there, if not this world then where? Today during Peace Lab I had the kids take a blank sheet of paper and write down all the injustices they see in the world. Then, on the back I had them write out […]

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Reflections on Miracle on 43rd Street

What an incredible week! I feel like that’s how I start every blog post but it is so genuinely true. I am so grateful to have been a part of an experience that brought together youth from around the nation as well as from South Korea! Miracle on 43rd Street took place in the heart […]

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Expanding our God-Lens

“I don’t know why you love me, but I’m so glad that you do And I don’t know why you need me, but I’m so glad that you do You love me, you need me, you’re always walking there by me. I don’t know why, but you do. I don’t know why you choose me, […]

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Wonderbread and a Plastic Cup?

As the summer progresses, I feel like I’m becoming more and more conscious of every item I throw into the garbage can. Every piece of plastic, every disposable cup, every paper towel, every wrapper, every item of food that goes uneaten – all lying in a heap, somewhere out of sight. A giant cricket just […]

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