Sixty kids from all over Bosnia and Herzegovina came this summer to “Banana Island”, a magical place nestled in Boracko Lake with a time machine where Biblical characters visited. A place where games were played, challenges overcome, new skills learned and where we went “bananas” for God.
We split into six groups that were also workshops: Banana Artists, Banana Adventurers, Banana Reporters, Banana Sport, Banana Warriors (spiritual warriors, of course), and Banana Drama and Dance.
The last night of camp each group shared what they had learned during the week.
The Banana Artists had an exhibition of their pictures and plaster masks they had created. The Banana Drama and Dance group showed us a drama called Ashton and a dance to the song Our God is an Awesome God. The Banana sport group showed some field hockey maneuvers they had practiced. They had also organized a volleyball tournament with water balloon thrown by towels during the week. The Banana Adventurers showed us some rope knots they had learned and they also organized an iron-man type game for all the groups. The Banana Warriors helped out during worship and made the armor of God (Ephesians 6) out of aluminum foil and paper plates. Banana Reporters made a daily video report (7 day banana TV station) as well as a newspaper (Banana Page). They also made a panel of different photos they had taken.
Visitors from the Bible included Noah, Gideon, Elijah, Zacchaeus and Mary Magdalene. They shared their experiences how God changed their lives and they went “bananas” for Him.
The camp went for five days and as always good bye was difficult and tearful, but as for us, leaders we were excited to see all the things God can do when we give ourselves to Him.
Something we would like to especially emphasize is a 7 year old Muslim boy saying to his parents that before camp he thought that there was no God because of all the bad things happening in the world, but now that he knows that God exists. Also, he is trying to convince his much older brother to come to the youth camp telling how wonderful experience that will be for him. Amazing!!!
What more to say but that God was among us and we are yet to see and hear all the things that happened last week!