'A PLAN AND A PURPOSE' AT SEC EXTREME TEENS CAMP
27th August 2013
Seven teens made the decision to get baptised after an action-packed week of physical, mental and spiritual challenges, at the South England Conference's Extreme Teens Camp, Cornwall, 19-25 August.
"I am so pleased to say that, as well as the seven young people who made a life-changing decision to follow Jesus, fifteen others have requested Bible studies", enthused Pastor Dejan Stojkovic, organiser and SEC Teens Ministries director. "These events truly change my life, they make me different after being with the teens and seeing them overcome their struggles through their relationships with God."
|Teens get focused for archery competition|
"I made quite a lot of new friends and it felt really good to meet people I’d never known", commented Erjharn Gomes. "I liked the biking during the week specifically because it was such a challenge, that really appealed to me. I definitely was blessed from the camp's activities and also the preaching."
Jonathan Holder, a theology student at Newbold College of Higher Education, was the main speaker for the week. His universally accessible messages were centred around the 'Sermon on the Mount', which made a big impact on campers, who listened intently each evening.
|Climbing an incline for a challenge at the activity centre|
During the week, an unofficial theme for Teens' Camp emerged; 'A Plan and A Purpose'. Counsellors and teens took the theme on board, with Steven Hulbert speaking about it on Friday night after a programme filled with personal testimonies highlighting the extreme struggles the teens are facing.
Testimonies ranged from the impact of absent parents, to how God has brought some of them through life-threatening situations. Counsellors also spoke out about their own struggles, encouraging the teens to remember the week’s unofficial motto when they feel they are alone or struggling.
|Cliff jumping into the not-so-warm water!|
The week ended with a banquet on Saturday evening, which included a concert, prizes and a quiz. Everyone took part on the last night together, enjoying newly formed friendships as well as old ones. The only thing gone by the end of the week was all the food!
Click here to watch a short highlight video from Extreme Teens Camp.