“This camp helps me to prepare for my dream—becoming a missionary doctor!”
by Grace Pimentel as told to Sabrina Peterson
Hello, my name is Grace, and I am 12 years old. When I grow up, I want to be a missionary doctor that specializes in the field of ophthalmology. In helping people who can’t afford medical treatment, I’ll be following Jesus’ example of healing and teaching.
When I first heard about Piedmont Bible Camp, I wasn’t sure I wanted to go, as I had never been to summer camp or slept away from home. I wondered if the girls in my cabin would be friendly. But I decided to sign up because I could learn more about being a missionary doctor.
I heard that “When you get to Piedmont, you will never want to leave.” I found this statement to be true. My counselors were funny, kind, and very responsible; and, as it turned out, my cabinmates were all homeschoolers like me.
Although it was fun, I did not truly know the level of discipline at Piedmont. First, we would wake up at 6:00 every morning. During the day, we had line call where I learned to say “sir” before and after every sentence when talking to the drill sergeant. I have never done so many push-ups in a week! Also, my cabin had to remain spotless with every shoe facing the same direction.
In preparation for camp, I had chosen my classes carefully: Health Evangelism, Medical Missionary Training, and Fitness Training. In Health Evangelism I learned how to do chair massage, take blood pressure, and stay properly hydrated. In Medical Missionary Training I learned natural remedies, such as hydrotherapy and essential oils. I ended up being the only girl in Fitness Training, but there I learned how to keep my body healthy for God’s service. I even found out where I can read about fitness and gardening in the Bible!
The spiritual training was just as important as the physical training. My favorite part was campfire time when we would sing Scripture songs and listen to a sermon for young people like me. It was encouraging to be among so many youth who are learning to serve the Lord and are interested in studying the Bible beyond superficial Bible stories. At Piedmont we’re trained “to be thinkers and not just reflectors of other people’s thoughts.”
I can’t wait ‘til camp comes again this year, and I hope to see you there!