Boy meets girl. Boy and girl start dating.
Boy proposes. Girl says yes.
Boy and girl head out to Laity Lodge Family Camp to work for the summer…
Chad Anders and Shelby Harrison grew up a couple hundred miles apart in Texas—he in Midlothian, she in Abilene. They met, fell in love, and got engaged while in college at Howard Payne University. They shared a similar determination, having both come from families that experienced divorce: We want to be married once and for all—for the rest of our lives. They wanted their marriage to work.
After graduation, Shelby and Chad decided they wanted to spend the summer before their wedding working in camp ministry. They applied to work at Laity Lodge Family Camp through a recommendation from a friend.
They figured the experience of serving as counselors for LLFC families would be enriching. Maybe in serving families, they’d begin to plant the seeds for their own healthy family.
They knew that, as counselors, they would help host moms, dads, and kids. They knew that they’d be there to create space—taking care of children, giving parents some time alone, maybe praying with families here and there.
What they didn’t expect is that so many families at Family Camp would have so much to teach them. LLFC turned out to be a training ground in how to create a marriage that can last a lifetime.