camp 2009 summa summarum
Camps 2009 have finished. We started off in faith and depending totally on His grace, oh and how faithful He was. This year preparation started later than planned and in many ways we had no other option but trust God to make the way and put everything together in time!
As I look back and remember, my mind races and suddenly there are faces, events, needs, situations where we witnessed God! I will try to pin point few!
First thing that I remember is that just a few weeks before camps, I wasn’t sure if I will have enough strength to go through it. I also remember that I did not have a team completed few days before the starting day. As I remember, I see set up time and the perfect weather He provided which was essential for the work. When I think about weather, I think of God who orders clouds around, as He did at the adult camp where He supernaturally opened heaven for us in every meaning of the word. Adult camp also makes me think of the tents and us frantically purchasing new ones since the old/new ones were disaster, and in the midst of the panic...I remember God providing peace, money, good tents on discount, transport...all in time! Thank you Lord! During prayer camp we followed Elijah around mountains, but along with him, I remember we also met God in a whole new way...we all visited that place of revelation, mountain Horeb finding strength for the journey ahead of us! And what journey that was! Then finances, and when I think about those, all I see is cup that overflows! I also remember kids’ camps, and amazing opportunity we had to invest in 133 of their little lives during the 2 weeks of camps! Amazing opportunity! I am also so thankful for God’s protection 24/7 during that time, and throughout other camps as well! Then teen camp and the fact that one day before we started it, we had 110 teenagers plus 40 workers on the list, which was way above our abilities, capacities and strength. But then...but God...overnight, just as in Moses’ case when He opened the red sea as they were sleeping :), so He made our teen list manageable and the teen camp that followed, was the best one ever. And then comes youth camp, and I see faces hungry and thirsty for peace, for life, for something else, something that works...I see faces laughing and having fun while throwing brooms across the camp :)...I see God preparing generation ready to go all the way, even through lack, troubles, temptations and persecution and still withstand! I see God inviting people to follow and worship when He gives and takes away! I see God promising never to let go, through the high and through the low, through the storm and through the calm...as I think of the youth camp, I see God and my heart is filled with joy and purpose and wonder at this God we serve!
It is undeniable, we met God at these camps, and there is so much more to share, and I am tempted to try to give it all, but I am aware that it is impossible since every day has its own story, every day carries the testimony of His faithfulness and love!
Now I would love to thank to all of those who supported us both in prayers and finances, we would not be able to do this without you. Your prayers carried us through from the beginning to the end! Thank you for allowing God to use you!
In the end I want to thank to my long term team, and they all know who they are. They were amazing and they made me so proud with their maturity, attitude of servanthood and eagerness to give their best and keep on giving even when tired, frustrated and overheated. They were my strength when going got tough! I will treasure our time together, our laughs, our cries, our prayers, and our work...especially sweet memories as set up time, rafting, excursion to Konjic, even scrubbing those blue mattresses and still laughing about it. You were amazing...thank you and it was my privilege to be part of your team!
See all of this and so much more you would see and experience if you have been there with us in this adventure of life we love to call Emek Beraka, “Valley of the Blessing! So come and check it out for yourself next year!
Director of the camp