We had a wonderful time at the youth week held by the Kempton-Park meeting. We took the youth to camp Braambos again; we had them play many new games and they made good friends with the Kensington and Yeoville meetings youth. At first they were not too happy with having to share rooms with people they didn’t know, but after they were split up in groups, they got more comfortable with one another.
After breakfast, the campers were off to classes: Lilandi and Lauren took the younger group, Michael and I took the middle-age group and the oldest attended Cam Beeler’s class (he was our guest speaker for the week). The children got lots of spiritual food as well as delicious food at meal times.
We formed groups at the beginning of the week to make sure no new people were left out; each group came up with a name and war cry — this they loved. Each group would have a day to “serve” the other people at the camp by washing up the dishes; this is a good team building activity. Games were played with teams competing against one another; this helped everyone get to know everyone else at the camp. Campers who didn’t adhere to the bedtime rules would do “boot camp”: they had to run back and forth to the gate in pitch-black darkness, then do some push-ups and sit-ups; by then they are exhausted and go straight to bed.
Once again, it was a great week. Everyone is saving up and excited for the next camp. In the new year at Aphiwe meeting, we learned that most of the kids from Sunday school started sitting in for the Breaking of Bread as well. This is a great grow for the Aphiwe meeting; God willing, these children will grow up to become Brothers and Sisters in Christ.