The Long-Promised Camp Post (Part II)

More camp photos!



This is a photo of Martin holding up an iPad.  Everyone is looking at it because it, thanks to the marvels of modern technology, is connected, via the Internet and Skype, to a YOU rally in Oklahoma, that is taking place at the same time as camp, using the same source material.  The kids in the US and the kids in South Africa were, for a short while, able to see and hear each other as we did a joy song and a prayer, and they did a joy song and a prayer and the classic YOU blessing: “We love you, we bless you, we truly appreciate you, and we behold the Christ in you.”

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Playing games


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These photos just make my heart well up.  Such open, happy faces.  They had fun, and I think they learned something.  We talked about a few concepts from Deepak Chopra’s Seven Spiritual Laws of Success–the Law of Intention and Desire, the Law of Giving and Receiving, and the Law of Dharma, or finding your life’s purpose.  We’d talk about the concepts in big group, then they’d break into small groups to process and talk and do some activities to help them apply the theories to their own lives.

All mixed in with games, joy songs, camp fires, jumping on the trampoline, and plenty of good food.

Yeah, it was a success.  But we didn’t do it alone, not by any stretch of the imagination.  Major thanks go to Unity Church of the Hills, who raised funds to pay for this camp, and who helped pay a portion of our expenses to get there.  Major thanks also to John Jacobs and Joan Johnson, who work with the Riviersonderend Community Foundation to help make camps happen.  And Pieter and Theolene Baartman, who took us in, made us family, never let us wash dishes, and came to camp and worked all weekend to make sure there was food and adult support and supervision.  And to Wiena, who cooked such beautiful food and always with a smile, we say thanks.  “Blessings on the meal, and on the cook!”

We owe a great deal to the teens who planned the Oklahoma rally and allowed us to use (and adapt) both the material for the event and the t-shirts to be appropriate for our milieu. And countless others.  You know who you are.

Just one more picture.

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This is Martin and I being blessed in the closing circle.  Look at that grin.  This is why I do this.  This is how it makes me feel.  Loved, blessed, incredibly happy.  It takes a lot of hard work to make camp happen, but it’s worth it.



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