Overcomer! (Write up on the Youth Camp: Traffic Jam)

Posted: November 4, 2014 in BBF, thought to ponder

DSC_4062There’s just no words to describe the exhilarating experience I had after the youth camp. Looking at Facebook and seeing pictures about the camp and how the youth describe their experiences on what transpired for three days just make me smile as I could recall stories after stories. For this camp, I was more of an observer, from the sides, recording the stories, the events, and it made me miss the role of being a counselor, of being in the heat of the battle, but at the same time, after watching the grueling activities, I think that God was just so gracious of putting me in less strenuous job (with less physical activity, I have more energy!)

We were able to minister close to 200 youths, plus the 40 facilitators, and raised funds for it. How did we even fit the 200 in a venue that could accommodate 150 heads? God’s grace was just evident from day one. Support came from left and right, God gave us the right people for every job, from the counselors, to the program, to the multimedia team, to the worship team, everything was falling in place because it was His camp, not ours. It was His plan, not ours.

Looking back at the theme of Traffic Jam (That’s the name of the camp), It was His word that comforted us…

I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith.
2 Tim. 4:7

Indeed, we would be encountering road blocks (or distractions) while we are on our journey (called life) towards home (which is being with God forever). As we travel, may we say the words…

I fought the good fight

We faced the challenges head on. We didn’t back down when the trials started. We just stood our ground and did our job. Think of going into churches, telling them that they need to send their youth. Think of planning about the activities that has a purpose for every move. Think of gathering facilitators with different personalities and make them focus on a single theme. Think of handling the quirkiness, making the youth (whose age varies) do tasks that they normally would not do. It was a good fight. There were times we felt inadequate, and there were days when we think if we are capable of pulling it off but then we did. It wasn’t about us. We were doing the job. What God requires is faithfulness in our assignments. So yes, we fought the good fight.

I have finished the race

We stuck through, with the grace of God. We finished. We didn’t quit. We continued on and on and got the job done. It was tough. There were minor discomforts, the training was hard. The preparation was a struggle. Hey, we finished the race! We didn’t drop out. We did not belong to the DNF (Did not finish) category.

I have kept the faith

This one might be tougher. For when we reach the city, the real world greets us with issues, conflicts, troubles, and yes, persecution. We have to continue to pray for one another, to encourage one another, to keep the faith. It would be hard, but we must remember that He is Immanuel, God with us. He is there to comfort, to guide, to direct our paths. Keep the faith.

For those who supported, prayed, encouraged us, for those who gave their time, the ones who sacrificed comfort to support us financially, we thank you for partnering with us in equipping the next generation.

The question now is…what’s next?

We will continue to run the race set before us. We will continue to disciple the youth. We will go on and do what He has commanded us to do, to go and make disciples. Continue to pray, continue to support the youth, continue to mentor and help us in reaching Cebu for Christ.

Thank you.

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