Not long ago I mentioned that I have two friends who are fighting cancer. Well today, one of them was called up.
Scott McEndree was from the twin cities area of Minnesota. He worked a normal job, but that wasn’t really his passion. More than anything he loved his wife and kids. Secondly, he loved serving God by showing his love to other kids.
That is how I met him. In the summer of 2006 I was a camp counselor at Flaming Pine Youth Camp in Cookville Minnesota. I was hooked up with a job there by a couple friends of mine. One of the first people I met there was Scott. One of the things he told me while I was there was that I was a person with a reputation that proceeded them. That he had heard about me long before I was ever considered for the job there and that he was excited to meet me.
For some reason that summer Scott defaulted to me for a lot of things. He gave me the cabin with the trouble kids because he said he thought I could teach them something. He asked me to talk to kids who were going through hard times at home because he thought I’d be a good person to talk to. And when a kid was having some trouble and said, “I only want to talk to Coleman” he made sure to point out that the kids saw in me what he had seen all along.
Scott did a lot to give me the confidence I have when working with people–especially teens. He always wanted me to come back to camp, but I never got the chance.
My story is not spectacular, or unique. His facebook wall is littered and over-flowing with people writing things much more moving than this about how he changed their lives and showed them Jesus. Most of these people, not surprisingly, are kids from camp who have all benefitted from his devotion to the Lord in that place.
He will be missed.