Not Your Average Youth Camp
Recently I had the absolute pleasure of taking the youth I'm serving to the national youth camp, WYCAMP, in Ngaruawahia(I've still yet to pronounce that place correctly upon request). As an adult, the importance, energy, and efficacy of these summer camps had become a distant memory that was made anew as soon as I was greeted with the vivacious yells of 90 youth yelling "WYCAMP!!!!!" in response to the simple, yet effective "CAN I GET A WYCAMP?!" Needless to say, it was an amazing time! The youth were blessed with incredible sermons, awesome facilities(waterslide, mudslide, AND kayaks), gorgeous weather, and an atmosphere I had almost forgotten could exist, an atmosphere so inspiring that it tore through every layer of character and simply allowed each person there to feel welcome. The Holy Spirit blessed us in ways that only it can. In this 4 day bonanza of high energy, its presence forged unlikely friendships and softened hardened hearts.
My takeaway and challenge from this camp unto myself, my youth, and now you is to seek good and remember who your enemy is. Our enemy is not construction workers blocking off roads, rude-behaving colleagues, or baristas that can't seem to get your order right. Our enemy is Satan and his team of rogue minions. Empower each other and help each other not fall into the holes of pride and insecurity because our battle is not with fellow men but with evil.