GENTS Camp SA #3 decided to pick the 50 year storm! I’m still trying to work out what transcendent purpose there was in the Onkaparinga River, which split our campsite, surging from 10 metres to 300 metres wide. Nearly every activity had to be changed or rearranged. It was through God’s goodness that when we had to venture outdoors for pre-booked activities, the weather did allow us to.
It was so encouraging to hear and see campers engaged in worship and spiritual input as much as all other activities on camp. I’ve not seen teen boys love worship quite like they did this year on camp. Since camp, I’ve already heard of a camper not from a Christian background take his father along to church because he was inspired by GENTS Camp worship!
The leaders’ testimonies again this year were very real and honest about the difficult journey to manhood, which set the tone for campers being honest with themselves and with others. At least a couple of campers made significant profession of faith in Jesus for the first time, while nearly every other camper commented that camp either considerably strengthened their faith or helped a lot.
What the GENTS had to say about the camp:
“I learnt that being a man isn’t always about muscles”
“I learnt that becoming a man is a rough journey, but worthwhile”
“The faith input was really good and I came closer to God”
“I learnt that Jesus destroys death. Gents camp has helped me to recommit my life to God”
“I learnt that fear can’t control you with Jesus in your heart”
“The faith input really helped me. I learnt that God will always forgive, no matter what. Gents camp is always amazing to go to.”
“I really liked the faith input. I liked the format, the topics and the amount of it. I wouldn’t change a thing”
“I enjoyed everything because it was fun. It was awesome!”
Hamilton McNicol | Youth Ministry Coordinator
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