sometimes you just need a change of venue and a different opportunity to connect in order to grow deeper and closer as a group. That's just what our youth group did this past weekend when we went up to Mt.Seymour and stayed in Camp Luther's chalet located just below the mountain's chair lifts. It's not as idyllic as is might sound. You have to hike in all your supplies, including all your water for cooking and drinking. There are no showers or hot water and you have to use outhouses but it's worth it all just to get a way for the weekend to have fun, enjoy creation and grow in faith.
We ate a lot of good food, perogies and farmer sausage, waffles and spaghetti. We played a lot, dart wars and monopoly, cheat and the noodle game but we also got to know one another better while we cooked and washed dishes together, went for walks and looked for lost cell phones. We had conversations we don't often get the chance to have on Wednesday nights or Sunday morning.
For me, the highlight of the weekend was sharing what God put on each of our hearts or what stood out from the scripture we read on Saturday morning. Hearing from each person reminded me how God speaks to each one of us in different ways and it also reminded me that we need to listen and hear from one another in order to fully appreciate God. By listening to others, especially students who are younger than I am, I see God from a different point of view, by listening to students share I grew in appreciation for things in scripture that didn't stand out to me when we I read the same passage. This is why community and fellowship are essential in order to grow in faith. Only by doing life together with other followers of Jesus can we grow and become the people God is calling us to be.
23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds