From the 9th to the 13th of December I had the privilege of going on a WOLZA (Word of Life South Africa) Summer Camp. It was my third year in a row attending and as always I had a lot of fun. A lot of the work I do through the year is for missions and requires a lot of physical and emotional energy. This camp is a way to rejuvenate and rest and to prepare for the year ahead.
Getting to Camp
I spent the year doing a program called Cre8ive discipleship to earn my way to camp. If I did 32 weeks of Quiet Time (that amounted to 200 days), did 18 Christian Services (handing out tracts, hospital visitation, musical items etc.), read 3 Christian books and learned 24 verses throughout the year and then wrote a verse test passing with more than 85% I could go to camp on full scholarship. I met the requirements and passed my test with 99% and so my reward was going on camp without having to pay my own fee. Several of my youth group did the same and some payed for themselves.
Arriving at Camp
Getting to camp can often be the most exciting part. There are friends who haven’t seen each other in months maybe not even since last years camp. There’s a bubbly noise of laughter and chatter everywhere broken by the occasional scream of delight as old friends are re-united. There are always people you don’t know, maybe they are new or maybe you just haven’t been around each other before but you will know several of them soon once you realise they are dorming with you for the week or are in your team for the games.
There is no possible way to be bored when you attend a WOLZA camp and the leaders make sure of that. Games, Talks, Meals, Discussions, Team Building, Small Groups… You move from one thing to the next at a pace that’ll give you no problem sleeping that night. It is so much fun and there is never a dull moment. Free time is often favoured when we get to it because it’s a time to breath but when it’s over we cannot wait to move to the next event.
This year our theme was The Army and our Messages/Talks were centred around the theme. We had a guest speaker from the states this year. His name is Dwayne and he did an amazing job in teaching us this year. He showed us stories in the Old Testament about great soldiers for God who were willing to do anything for him. These men included David (Samuel 17:1–51), Gideon (Judges 6:1–7:24), Moses (Exodus 17:8–16) and Stephen (Acts 6:8–7:50). He finished by talking about the armour of God and how we need to be a soldier for Christ because it will be a great battle. It was amazing to sit and learn for an hour at least twice a day and hear about these great men of God. I was really encouraged by Dwayne.
I was so happy to get a week away with my friends. It’s amazing to both dig deeper into the relationships you already have and to make new ones. I was able to do a lot of fun and silly things with the people I love but I was also able to talk with them about ourselves and about what God was doing in our lives. Those experiences are something I would never want to give up.
All together it was an amazing week. I look forward to next years camp and to my year ahead in missions.