As you may know, I was away attending a Christian Youth Camp about 2 weeks ago. I had agreed to share the teaching duties with my friend, Michael and so I found myself amongst a group of about 45 teenagers.
The camp was held in a small fishermen’s village located on the coast about 10 km from the town of Kuantan. This area has some great beaches but ours was not so much.
The programme was exhausting. The typical day starts at 7 am when campers are encouraged to do some morning exercise like a run along the beach. That is followed with breakfast, an hour of singing and group games, an hour talk, an hour of group discussion, lunch, a short break, an hour of indoor games, another talk, another group discussion, an hour of football, an hour at the beach, dinner, more group games, talentime and skits until 11 in the evening. They kept up the frantic pace for the three days but there were some tired souls by the end of camp.
I spoke to them on two topics; freedom and self-esteem. My colleague spoke on “boy-girl relationships” and he ended the camp with a powerful session of personal sharing and the gospel message. Some non-Christians responded by wanting to know more about the Good News. We were also blessed as we witnessed 4 young people share their testimony of faith in Jesus Christ and were later baptised in the sea (although they had to walk a long way out as it was low tide).
Among the many activities, one of the highlights was when the campers made rocket ships out of plastic bottles. These ships were then launched from a special apparatus with a little bit of help from some water and pressurised air. Surprisingly, after a few false starts, we had a few rockets reach up to about 15 m in the air and traveled as far as some 150 m distant.
It took many shots before I got this one which captures a rocket in flight soon after lift-off. Two important lessons I learned from camp was that God is Good for all generations and that I am not young anymore. I needed some serious R & R after this camp. 🙂