Sunday, April 8, 2007

Made for Joy

Yes, I still write this from Manila. I haven't gone home yet, the reason being that I attended the church's summer youth camp in Dasmariñas, Cavite. I had fun. The camp theme was Made for Joy; the theme verse, Revelation 4:11. The main message echoed throughout all the discussions and plenary sessions was that God made man for his own pleasure; man should live to glorify him. It is only in God where true joy is found. God is most glorified when we are most satisfied in him.

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From top to bottom
--Kuya Lito Sto. Domingo, the youth pastor, orients the campers upon arrival in Camp Jabez.
--The getting-to-know game. Campers roam around the plenary hall, looking for new faces, and asking others to answer on sheets of paper. The team who finishes first wins.
--Team Red-Nosed Rangers works overtime on the last leg of the message relay game. The challenge: facial expressions instead of verbal messages are exchanged.

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Group Dynamics. We had to look for 89 balls and stuff them in a black pail. These had to be transferred only by pulling the ropes which were attached to the pail. It took us almost an hour to finish this.

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Teamwork. After exposure to the scorching, cancer-causing heat of the afternoon sun, after enduring the excruciating pain under the soles of our feet (we had to run around the camp site barefoot for this game), we were so tired we could collapse anytime. But there was joy in it all. The joy we had in the Lord just overflowed. Hence, these smiles:

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