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Easter Camp 2011

[Updated] Last weekend I had the privilege of being a significant part of an Easter Camp at Mystery Creek in Hamilton. The camp was populated by 4300 youth aged 13-25 from all over the upper North Island. The camp started on the Thursday evening, and finished Monday afternoon. I was scheduled to speak on the Saturday evening.

The experience was quite surreal. Four thousand and three hundred people is a difficult number to imagine, this photo shows a glimpse of what it was like.

Apart from a few nerves prior to speaking to such a crowd, all in all it went pretty well. There was a pretty huge response, with about 400-500 1000-1500 (The camp director read this and wanted to correct me… I’m a little skeptical that it was quite that number) people coming forward afterwards. The crux of the message was the same as I have shared before, i.e. we are all dealing with stuff in our lives, but it is how we deal with it that makes the difference, rather than letting it deal to us. The following day we scheduled a seminar that was arranged at the last minute, so not on the official program. The idea was that it provided an opportunity to explore some areas a bit more, particularly around the ideas of what a theology of healing and suffering might and should look like. The bulk of the seminar was question and answer, so it allowed people to ask specific questions and to explore these issues. The seminar seemed to go pretty well as well, with about 500-700 people showing up…. it gets hard to estimate numbers when you get to that sort of size!

All in all, it was a pretty rewarding experience, and amazing to see God changing peoples lives, and using my story of suffering to do it. WIthout a doubt the weekend as a whole was a pivotal point in many young peoples faith journey.

I will post a video of the main message I shared on the Saturday night when I get my hands on it.

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  1. Jaime
    May 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Awesome Jared!!

  2. Maree
    May 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Hi Jared,

    Thanks for sharing about your talk with the youth at Easter camp, we were praying for you and so glad it went well. What a crowd! I noticed “wiggles” on the camp schedule, laughing cos my nephew went to his first ever “concert” which was the Wiggles at age 17mths. I’m sure Murray, Sam, Anthony, Jeff, Dorothy, Wags and Capt Feathersword did not appear at your Easter camp – but watch out for the big red car tho!! blessings, M

  3. May 3, 2011 at 11:46 am

    You were great.

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