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I Heart Camp photo/essay contest winners announced

The prizes have arrived! We're pleased to announce that the following camp supporters will receive an embroidered fleece blanket with the I Heart Camp logo. Thank you for all the great submissions of camp.

Written Word: Julia Colantonio

The day I felt God’s presence.

Everybody was around me crying. Some sad about leaving camp and all their new friends, some sad because of problems at home or school. We had all opened our hearts to each other that night and let everyone share the pain. There was one specific time that night where I had felt God’s presence in me for the first time. One of the counselors was saying “I know you’re all in pain right now…” and honestly I can not tell you what she said next because at that moment, I felt no pain. I felt peace fill up my body as the Holy Spirit filled my soul. My heart felt unexplainable, filled with peace. It kind of felt like a still lake, in the middle of a mountain valley, undisrupted. There was a feeling of such pureness, and at that point, I had not felt pain, and could not come up with any reason at all that I would have pain. All of my problems seemed to disappear in God’s hands. Right after I had that feeling, I started to cry tears of joy, that God will always take away my pain. I will always remember this experience through my life and remember that He can always take away your pain.

Unfiltered Photo: Dave Stettner

Unfiltered Photo: Dave Stettner

Unfiltered, under age 14: James, age 9

Unfiltered, under age 14: James, age 9

Filtered Photo: Amanda Hinthorn

Filtered Photo: Amanda Hinthorn