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At first, I was reluctant to go for this camp, known as Chosen held at OUTBAC BROGA, organized by LifeXtreme. I was finding lots of excuses for myself. I finally asked my mum if I could go, but deep down in my gut I was hoping that she would have said no. To my disappointment, she encouraged me to go for the camp. Everything was packed last minute. I was not excited at all and had the lowest expectations for it.
Arrived at the OUTBAC BROGA, I was filled with regret, but as soon as the first camp activity began, all my regrets were forgotten. The activities planned were tiring but fun and it really bonded everyone together. It brings me joy to say that everyone stepped out of their comfort zone and tried the activities. These activities were a bit different as we needed to get down and dirty (except for me as I was excused for all the mud activities, but I wished I could have joined my team and done all of the activities that I have missed out on). It was cool to see everyone work together as a team and help each other out especially for climbing over the wall challenge. Before the camp, we were not this close. In fact, I only met them once a week for church before this, and even if we did meet it would only have been for a few hours. It feels nice that everyone could just gel with each other so quickly. To top that of, each time during our meal and free time sessions everyone would mingle with each other even with the new comer, Howard.
When it came down to the preaching sessions, well that was when I found out something about myself. I always have a strong faith in God, but my fire to fight with Him runs low. Before the camp, I honestly did not know that. I always thought that I have so much drive in me. As the pastor preached, I slowly realised that I had lost it years ago. Fortunately, after every service, I slowly gained it back. Well, I guess God used this camp to help me find it back. Not only that, I have always told myself that I want to be more involved at church, but when the opportunities came I would always turn them down. In this camp I took a leap of faith by becoming one of the game masters for the icebreaking session. I really did enjoy it.
A few years ago, I remember attending a conference, the M4J. During the night worship, I felt something and I think that it may be the presence of God or at least the Holy Spirit. From that day onwards, I kept wishing to feel that way again like I did during that worship. Guess what? I felt it again at the camp. Everyone was so devoted to worship Him and the atmosphere was so different compared to the regular Sunday church services.
For my first ever Youth Camp experience, I will give it a 9/10 (one point missing because I couldn’t try the mud activities) and I am glad that I have spent it with the amazing LifeXtreme people. This camp definitely brought me closer to each and everyone one of the campers. I’m definitely looking forward for the next camp and I hope to see YOU (the person who is reading this) at the next camp! DON’T WORRY, WE DON’T BITE.
Hi. Before I went to the camp, I was very quiet. Like literally, if I sit on the sofa, no one will notice me being there…. *ninja mode* Hehe just joking. I wasn’t aware that I was really quiet but that’s what my friends told me haha.
But after the camp ends, I was really loud, shouting here and there, like I am selling fish in the market. Bold and fearless. Oooh those flattery words~ But strangely right after the camp on that night itself I really felt that change, like never before, I was able to speak to a small crowd (with the microphone) without fear even though it was impromptu. It was weirdest thing that my first line of my mini testimony was a really lame-not funny-weird joke, and that small crowd I spoke to were laughing. Everyone thought I have changed, and I can talk better? Actually, nope. It’s just that the words in my mind travelled into my mouth like a lightning speed without any resistance, that’s why I talked more. God really removed my fear of public speaking within that 4 days, which is weird cause the four years in school I was trained for public speaking yet I never managed to remove my fear even until the last day of school but that camp itself really changed me.
Comparing with the start and the end, isn’t it a really big difference?
Camp was fun. In terms of muddy waters and road, many flying mosquitoes, mud on your shoes or socks, being a commando, or campers-were-trying-to-help-by-cheering-for-me-but-I-can’t-concentrate-and-fall-into-mud-water haha(good try “cheerleaders” :P), hot sun, hot weather, no hot water during shower-> it was not. When all your friends smiley faces are there, worship team, games that doesn’t involve mud water 😛 -> it was fun. So I actually don’t mind going through those hardship if they are there hehe. I quite like games that were made by the facilitators and church youth leaders because when your other teams are getting in front of your team, the more we need to gather our team spirit to move on and catch up to others. Or seeing other teams were left behind AHAHa 😛
The guardian angel program was interesting because either you receive and giving free food everyday ,or angels giving the sheep nothing. Lol. But in my opinion it’s testing the angel’s observation whether they are giving appropriate gifts to the mortal in a right time, not too little or too much. 🙂
Youth worship team was really awesome . I really felt the strong presence of God during worship time, and it really moved the hearts in our soul. I cried once even though I don’t know the reason, but to me it was a sign that God was really really near to us. I was really happy and felt so blessed like never before. I still remember the awe-struck face made by others when suddenly the people next to them cried, even though it’s just singing.
I loved how pastor’s noticeable extra-mile of hardwork, which it is an attitude that is beautifully admirable and no doubt, he will be really richly rewarded by his sincerity. He is a great fu-chow preacher , little jokes or his bright warming smile really brightened the hearts around him. He is an awesome old man filled with youth!! 😀 His preaching and his voice really shows him being a holy man, set apart by the rest of the common world , just being one of the chosen one that is changing the world that weren’t chosen before to be chosen once again.
I have nothing to say anymore because this is what I felt before, during and after the camp. But those little thoughts and feelings will be remembered throughout my whole life, and learned that my identity is a missionary for my entire life whenever where I go. 🙂
Stay connected to God. Unified of 3000kbps.
(Sorry for all the grammatical errors or any mistakes you found. Anything that doesn’t make sense to you it’s not your problem cuz sometimes I don’t know what I am talking about haha. 😛
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Date: 28 – 31 December 2014 (4 days 3 nights)Location: Outbac BrogaGuest Speaker: Pastor Ronnie Ding, The Vineyard ChurchCamp fee: RM250
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