As I write this, I am sitting in a campground out in the middle of nowhere. My surroundings are magnificent. A true testament to the artistry and imagination of our divine Creator. I am not what you would call an "outdoors" type. I am a girly-girl and don't necessarily like to hunt or fish or camp like that on a regular basis. However, I enjoy being in the middle of nature. I love to hear God sing and whisper over me as the pine trees sway and the gentle breeze sweeps across my face. It's been bitter cold this weekend, but even the cold has made me thankful for the sun!
I am here because of a youth camp that takes place every year at this time. A year of planning and prayer and hard work culminates in about 1000 people making their way to this place and spending the weekend searching for God, hearing about him, feeling his love, meeting new people, experiencing new things, and worshipping the Most High.
This event is designed for teenagers. I have a heart for teenagers. I been with Behold for about 8 years now and I am always excited for another year to roll around. Before God called me to stay at home with my son (just recently) I was a youth minister at a church. God has called me to work with teenagers. I no longer serve him vocationally as a youth minister, but I still feel a calling on my heart to work with, serve, mentor, and minister to teens and their families. I pray God will open more and more doors in the future for me to do just that.
Behold has started with a bang! Our speaker, Jason Illian, is fabulous! He's a great guy and a great speaker. Our worship leader and band have been great. They led us in awesome songs last night. My favs being "Beautiful Savior" (which we sing at our church, Crosspoint) and "God of this City" by Chris Tomlin.
I can't wait to see how the rest of the weekend plays out. Our emcee started the weekend off by telling the teens they only had one rule for the weekend (well, besides the "no purple" rule that always exists at youth events) - be disgusting to the devil! Rock on!
Pray for us as we hear from God and minister to these kids. Pray for our speaker and worship leader and small group leaders (which happen to be the 80 most awesome college students you have ever met).
"Greater things have yet to be done in this city"!
Wrecked for Christ,