“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.“
Calling a camp 2020 Vision was always going to be considered cheesy. I’m sure every company, corporate, church and camp will overuse this term as they look toward 2020.
Let it be known, were claiming first use! Between the 10th and 12th of January, 24 young adults, between the ages of 18 and 26, from 11 different churches took the opportunity to fellowship and learn with and from each other.
The emphasis was on fun, with a strong biblical foundation and although the overall theme was 2020 Vision, the discussion sessions and messages were all focused on spiritual growth. With sessions on “How we grow up in Christ” creating a “Desire to grow”, what does spiritual “Nourishment” look like and finally “Practical steps to growth”.
Discussion times were lively as everyone was divided into a small group, giving all a chance to contribute, with excellent spiritual insights, as we worked together delving deeper into the Word.
This was followed by a summary session and an urgent encouragement as to how we practically apply these truths in our College passages, our University dormitories, our workplaces, our homes and amongst our saved and unsaved friends.
We all realised that it is a very daunting world out there and we shoulder huge responsibility as believers to carry forth a message of hope to a crazy, mixed up and lost world.
A big thumbs up for the men who brought the messages as a Segway into the discussion time. From the feedback we received, this was well appreciated and above all challenging. A special thank you to Pastor Mark Marais from
Community Baptist in Bleu Downs, Pastor Marc Blackwell Junior from Swartland Baptist in Malmesbury Young Adults Camp and Pastor Deon Van Rensburg from Grace Baptist in Parklands, Tableview.
Let us not forget the fun bits too. Pastor Marc Blackwell Junior led an “eco” hike, pointing out the fantastic “Cape Floral Kingdom.” Brand South Africa has this to say about the Cape Floral Kingdom: “Unesco’s World Heritage Committee declared the 553 000-hectare Cape Floral Region to be of “outstanding universal significance to humanity”, describing it as “one of the richest areas for plants in the world”.
The Cape Floral Region “represents less than 0.5% of the area of Africa, but is home to nearly 20% of the continent’s flora,” Unesco said. “Its plant species diversity, density and endemism are among the highest worldwide, and it has been identified as one of the world’s 18 biodiversity hot-spots.” And the Lord has graciously given us this amazing part of his creation to live and play in. What a privilege!
Whilst I know that Pastor Marc never managed to cover all 553 000 hectares on the morning, enough was covered
to prick the interest of many. Camp wouldn’t be camp without skits and games. Each small group was given a basic script and tasked with entertainment for the evening. I always marvel at the ingenuity and improvisation that the skits bring. A good laugh was had by all. And now the infamous water fight. With a daytime temperature running to 38˚C (Above 100 Fahrenheit), it was decided to have the water balloon fight inside the main hall, to keep everyone out of the scorching sun.
All I can say is you need to speak to your nearest Paardeberg an insider to obtain video evidence of the battle. Needless to say, it was a load of fun and everyone left the arena – some a bit battered and bruised – others with egos dented.
I’ll let you into a little secret. “Auntie” Suzanne was voted as the favourite staff member at camp this year. I
think it had something to do with the excellent food that she and Jolene produced in the kitchen. Thank you,
Last but not least, I want to thank the program team, Deon and Suzanne for all their efforts in putting this program together. As a testimony to their efforts I leave you with some camper’s comments below. Yours in Christ,
- Spiritual maturity is one of the most important things in a Christians life.
- We are always distracted with the world, the camp is a good kickoff for the year.
- It spoke to my heart.
- Good food, appropriate timing, and the right amount of free time.
- The camp was relevant because I am at a point in my life, where I am making important decisions.
- Great food, good games, the hike was good.
- Lots of time for conversation.
- The topics were relevant to what we are facing.
- More water sports!
- Good food, wonderful accommodations, good teaching, good people.
- Challenged to check my relationship with Christ.
- Speakers were direct and asking questions, helped us to engage.
- We dug deep into the Word.
- Speakers had a good understanding of what young adults face today.