December is always a special month for our youth because this is when our annual Red Camp takes place. Amidst 4 days of gruelling games, worship, sharing, and blessings, the youth are challenged and encouraged as they build special bonds with the Lord, and each other. But Red Camp 2017 (RC2k17) was particularly special for all involved. Camp commander Natalie Ng reports.
A word released amidst our prayers for the camp was that God would bless the work sown into the camp, and it would bear fruit. As I reflect, I see clearly how He kept His promise.
21 youth signed up for RC2k17, making up 3 groups of 7 (the number of completeness and perfection). We booked 12 rooms at the campsite (12 being the perfect number symbolising God’s power and authority). I sensed this was not an accident; God was telling me that He was in control of the camp, and the camp would be perfection in His eyes.
Games were always a huge focus for the youth attending the camp each year, and they would discuss it with much anticipation as days lead up to camp. But as we found ourselves changing our camp programme by reducing the number of games planned, we understood that God wanted us to focus less on the games, and more on Him.
As we did so, His presence became so real in the campsite. Spiritual was brought into the physical as our youth experienced God in a brand new way, such as bursting out in tongues for the first time and singing prophetically. One of our youth even experienced the whiff of burning as they surrendered areas of their life to Christ, by writing prompted areas on pieces of paper and tossing them into a bin. God was taking these offered strongholds and bad habits, and burning them. Prophecies were released and God gave gifts to the youth.
I believe that God saw the hunger and desire from the youth and helpers to experience Him, and He honoured that by pouring out. He also honoured all the prayers that were sown into the camp from months before. Besides just the Red Camp team, I know that many people in the church had been praying for us, and I am so grateful for this. Thank you! Red Camp would not have been the same without these prayers.
My own prayer and desire for RC2k17 was simple. I just wanted God to show up, and He did. He was the Red Camp Commander, in control of everything, in order to show us that His power, goodness and authority over our lives is real.
I pray that all of us at the camp, youth and all others involved alike, will remember that as life resumes to normal, He is always there and we need to look to Him. Even in days when we are not in church, days when we are feeling low and days when we don’t seem to feel His presence. He alone is our strength and He provides for us in every situation. He takes us safely through every situation and always wants the best for all of us. He is our Father.
And we cannot, and should not, fall back to normality and resume status quo for the Surge gatherings and future Red Camps in 2018 and the years to come. Let’s expect that God is going to pour out a greater measure from here on.