I got started at camp when I was 6. Kind of grew up with summer ministry teams coming down to our church in Wells. Started doing CYIA, and through that, my first year of CYIA, Larry and Debbie Porter were just coming on as directors, and I saw him doing what he was doing, and I told him, ‘I’d like your job someday,’ ‘cause I thought it looked awesome. Jennie… had grown up going to camp, always went to CYIA. We were dating, she was at Liberty University, I was in my second year at Lancaster Bible College, and we both started praying about what God would have us do. We started praying individually without talking to the other about camp and prayed for about three weeks before we told each other, then realized we were praying for the same thing. So we called Mr. Romano, and Mr. Romano said, we’ve got a place for you here in southern Maine. That was in 2011 that we came back. We started working toward stepping into the directorship. It was really seeing Mr. Larry lead that made me think, ‘Hey, I could do that.’ The first few years that I was coming on and then was an intern we looked more towards parks in Portland, and Lewiston. We’re trying to go back and build on that, trying to connect with those inner city churches. We’re able to work alongside each other and hopefully learn new things. One thing we’ve started that’s unique to us is the Junior Leadership Initiative. We didn’t have a chance to implement it in our area till just two years ago. We did our first training and it went great, 21 teens, we thought this is gonna be fantastic. And it’s good ‘cause it’s taking those… middle schoolers, that either were too old to come back to Good News Club, or 5th graders who needed a purpose in club, so Junior Leadership was just the way to keep those kids around longer, the right way. A lot of the teens we had for our first training are still involved in some way.” When asked where he feels they need help the most, he answers, “We’re doing two things not at their fullest potential. One is reaching the immigrant community. The other is that we’ve got Monhegan Island in our area. There are two ways to get there, and it’s an hour and a half ferry ride either way. There’s kids there, and there’s a number of different islands like that. We’re missing the extreme edges of our area demographically and geographically. If I’m gonna be in those communities and reach them, I have to move to that community and show I’m gonna be there for a the long haul. In the smaller communities, it’s a volunteers from within those communities that are going to make a difference.” We hope to see many helping hands join forces with southern Maine to reach these areas for Christ!