Camp Meeting 2019 – Teens, Friday 21st June
23rd June 2019
The teens addressed the epidemic of knife and gun crime in Friday’s ‘Let’s talk about it’ discussion. They were joined by special guests, Joden Joseph and Ambrose Dawson, who work and talk with young people caught up with gang culture and violence. Although not admitting direct involvement, many teens gave their insight, experience and concerns on a subject in which 80% of individuals killed are under 17.
Following the discussion, Ambrose shared his experiences of growing up in a rough neighbourhood, the role of God in his life, and his current work in prison with young men and women. He asserted “God always has your back”, and made an impassioned plea for the group to put their trust “solely in Him”. The morning session ended with a prayer for protection and safety.
When the teens returned for the evening service the room had been transformed for Communion. Chairs had been rearranged in semi-circular rows, with tables illuminated by candlelight. In his message ‘Hidden Beauty’, Pastor Samuel Elias Reyes used Isaiah 53 and a film depicting the Crucifixion to outline the infinite extent of God’s love for mankind. Following the Communion service, teens and staff mingled and shared in an Agape Feast.