Step of Faith – Pat Pemberton

Step of FaithIt’s interesting to look back at things that made an impact earlier in life and see the puzzle pieces come together to form a picture you never would have imagined.  Pat Pemberton is a CAP volunteer that just recently experienced some old puzzle pieces come back into the picture.

Pat’s first encounter with CAP was through the University of Kentucky’s Physical Education program.  She was studying to become a PE teacher and as part of the curriculum, the students were taken to CAP’s Camp Andrew Jackson for a recreation management requirement.

Years later, after marrying and moving to Florida, her husband began to give to Christian Appalachian Project in memory of her father who grew up in Appalachia.  Fifteen to twenty years ago, he began giving faithfully $10 a month.

In recent years, Pat’s husband passed away and in honor of his devotion to CAP, Pat wanted to get involved.  After retiring from more than thirty years as a special needs teacher, Pat had some extra time on her hands to volunteer.  She always wanted to return to Kentucky so she searched for CAP online.  Reminiscing of her fond memories at Camp AJ, Pat thought this would be the perfect place to volunteer.  Unfortunately, in 2010, Camp AJ was undergoing major renovations and was not open for summer camp.  “Well, it seems God doesn’t want me to go this summer,” Pat remembers telling herself.

The next year, in January 2011, she checked back and saw Camp AJ was planning to be open for summer camp.  She sent in her application and received a phone call, “Pat, would you like to come up a little earlier, in March for WorkFest?”  And, so, there she was serving meals to the numerous college students, who were renovating homes in the rainy, spring weather.  “It was such a blessing to see the work you do and meet face-to-face the participants whose lives you are changing,” says Pat.

During her involvement with WorkFest, Patricia Griffith, Manager of CAP’s Camp Shawnee told Pat, “I want you to go to my camp.  Go home and pray about it.  We would love to have you at Camp Shawnee.”

After volunteering for the last week of WorkFest and the first week of YouthFest, Pat returned home to Florida for a short stay and then returned to Kentucky once again for summer camp at Camp Shawnee.  Pat was part of the kitchen staff, keeping the children well fed and nourished during their long, fun, summer days.  “I love the interdenominational aspect of CAP—Christians of all denominations working together for the Lord.  Next year, if the Lord wills, I’ll be back.  It’s all about taking that step of faith.”

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