Jul 19, 2009

Like trying to take a drink from a fire hydrant.

Lol! That was how one of the Leadership Camp speakers described how our 2 weeks would be at Northland Camp as we tried to process all of the teaching we would be hearing. It was true. We had a lot of sessions over the two weeks that we were there. I think that there were about 40+sessions all in all, & they were AMAZING! We had some phenomenal speakers; Will Galkin, Steve Pettit, Jeremy Frazor, Aaron Coffey, & Tom Farrell. The program was headed up by Brother Dave Coats, & I can't thank him enough for putting everything together. It was an amazing experience, & God did such a great work in my heart over the past few weeks.
I was able to go with 3 of my friends too, so that made it a lot of fun as well =)

The first week mostly focused on our own spiritual life, & we had around 4-5 sessions a day. I learned SO much that week that I think I am still trying to take it all in. Lol. Another thing that really taught me a lot was the one-on-one I had with a lady on camp staff. He name was Reba & she is the pianist for the Will Galkin evangelistic team. It was so great! She was such an blessing to me. One thing that she challenged me to do, was to read through some Psalms & make a list of all of the characteristics of God that I could find. Talk about encouragement!!
How could I go through writing down that God is: My chosen portion, ever present, my rock, my strength, my salvation, steadfast, mighty, faithful, merciful, my refuge, & countless other titles & not find encouragement?!
I would highly recommend going through Psalms whenever you are discouraged. Sometimes I think we forget how amazing God is, & the Psalms are a great reminder =)

Besides what God did in my life that first week, He was also doing great things throughout the rest of the camp. There were about 40 people in Leadership Camp, & there were new testimonies & blessings from everyone, everyday! It was such a blessing! Also, we were there during Teen Week III, & 26 people got saved that week!!! So cool!

Our youth group was there during that week & one of the girls I have been praying for was able to go.
She has had a hard time with her family & everything recently, so I was so happy to find out that she would be going. She gave her testimony on Friday night, & she said that God had worked in her heart, & she was able to let go of a lot of bitterness that she had been holding on to. How great is that? God is so good!

That weekend, the LC group went hiking at Pier's Gorge, which was a blast! It was SO beautiful out there! And it was also great to be able to hang out with everyone, & get to know each other better. I made some amazing friends, that I already miss terribly.

The girl on the left is Kara. She is such a sweetheart! She will also be going to Northland this fall & she's going to be majoring in piano =)And that's Blaire to the right. I had so much fun with her! She is from Canada & probably one of the coolest people I've ever met. I'm going to have to take a road trip to Canada to see her sometime. Lol!

Anyways, I'm going to wrap this up for now. I'll post about the second week sometime soon. I'll also try to get all the pic's & videos up soon too =) Thanks for stopping in, & stay tuned to hear about one of the biggest things God did in my heart last week. I'm super excited about it! Well, I'm off to get some shut-eye. Have a great week!

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