By: Hannah Martin, aged 16, Parish of Levin
The main theme over Easter Camp was “Story” which was based on teaching us how to share our story and personal relationship with Christ. This is important because it taught us how to go out into the world after Camp and be disciples of Christ, by sharing about His work in our lives.
Over Camp I came to believe that the most important thing I can do to share the love of God is to share my own testimony. This is why I am determined to strengthen my story through prayer, reading my Bible and allowing time for God to talk to me. I realise I don’t have any amazing life-changing event when I suddenly witnessed the Lord, but instead He has always been there. And through the years, my relationship has grown stronger.
Hebrews 11:6 says:
“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”
I learned that if someone asks about my hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it – but do this in a gentle and respectful way. I feel that it’s important for me to share why I know God is working within me. When I choose to ignore God or push Him away, I feel a lack of peace, a fear of death, something missing, no meaning to life, loneliness, a lack of security, and a lack of purpose.
But when I follow God, I witness this rich, deep and everlasting love, and I begin to develop this deeper understanding that God loves us so much that He sent his one and only Son to be crucified on the cross for each and everyone of us personally. And because of this we can have eternal life. Through God we are given purpose and are inspired to share the Good News to others, so they too can experience the power of God.
Photo Courtesy Central Easter Camp