Summer camp in Belle Glade
BELLE GLADE, Fla. - Joel Zayas has been attending the Christ Fellowship summer camp in Belle Glade for the past 4 years.
"I came out here and I was really nervous, I didn't know what was going to happen, didn't know how we were going to sleep, where we were going to sleep," said Zayas.
But the nerves quickly vanished when Zayas saw the impact the campers had on the community.
"Sacrificing your own needs and wants for the good of other people, the people that don't really have it and just to see their gratitude for it, I couldn't have asked for anything better," said Zayas.
Zayas is one of 500 at this week's Christ Fellowship summer camp. Middle and high school students from Palm Beach, and Martin counties are spending the week beautifying Belle Glade.
Every day, the students are split up. Some clean yards, plant flowers, and paint houses, while others run bible study sessions, and a sports camp for local kids.
"We sold out the trip in 39 minutes this year," said Kevin Wilson.
Kevin Wilson is one of the camp's directors. He says the campers are the main reason he comes back every year.
"They energize our church and we believe they are the church, and they're taking their place in it now, they're not waiting until they get older," said Wilson.
While this is the 18-year-old Zayas's final summer as a student Camper, he says he'll be back to help out the residents of Belle Glade.
"I feel like this is what god has called me to do to help everyone and to be a servant, so to do this and live it out, is just great," said Zayas.