by Kirsten Bryant
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It has been about a week since East Camp wrapped up for the year, and it is safe to say that I am still buzzing with excitement about all that happened while we were on camp!
We were blessed to have been able to spend three jam packed days together at the Oasis Christian Campsite in Mt. Evelyn. Some really great relationships were formed, and being only three days, it felt like we had to go home way too soon. But it was such a blessing to be able to spend the time we had together looking at God’s word, challenging and encouraging each other in our relationships with Him and in the way that we see and understand His will for our lives.
Darren Middleton shared with us across the three days, breaking down what God’s sovereign and revealed will mean to us, explaining that even though we do not understand all that is going on in our lives, we can look to the Bible and know exactly what it is that He wants for us – to be sanctified and made right before Him through what Jesus did for us on the cross. The study sessions were a huge highlight of the camp, because it gave us a chance to further grow relationships with different people, and also gave us a chance to share and explore with each other the topic of camp.
Along with that, the theme for camp was FOOD (everybody’s favourite!). From eating some of the grossest foods going around (pickled onions...anchovies...??), to secretly forcing us to egg each other by challenging us to an egg throwing contest, it is safe to say that Matt and Callum did a wonderful job ensuring that food was the main focus for every activity session that we had - especially on the final night where we all came together in the dining hall for a food based quiz night, affectionately titled “Are you smarter than a Camp Convenor?” Sadly, Ash (our Convenor) didn’t win and there were some groups out there who were smarter than her, but overall I think everyone was a winner because it gave us a chance to let our crazy side out, to learn more about the foods that we eat day to day and to find out who in our activity groups knows the weirdest and wackiest facts about food!
PYV East Camp 2014 is not close enough at all for my liking! It was definitely a pleasure to be able to step out of ‘normal life’ for a while as the body of Christ, so if you get the opportunity to come along, make sure you take it because it will challenge and encourage you in amazing ways!
A HUGE thank you to Ash and her executive team for all the hard work that they put in to make the weekend as amazing as it was, to Darren Middleton for all the hard work that he put in so that we could all come away from camp knowing God more, and to all of the leaders for being willing to give up your time to come and share part of your heart for God with the young people that you were able to spend time with.
My prayer in the coming weeks and months is that all of us will be able to remember how God has worked salvation out for us and that we will strive to share His love and grace with those around us who don’t know Him. We have an AMAZINGLY INCREDIBLE God, and THANK YOU just doesn’t seem sufficient enough a phrase to actually explain how thankful we can be for all that He has done for us, not only across this weekend, but also in each of our individual lives.