Monday, 8 August 2011

El Campamento

What a week it has been! With a mixture of holiday club, the church anniversary and having James and Julia to stay, the youth camp feels like a very long time ago. Over the years, I have been to a fair few residentials, but this was my first experience in Peru. Without knowing what to expect, I may have over-packed. As I turned up, one of the young people murmured that I was a gringa, as we compared the size of our bags.

The camp wasn't really a camp at all, but was based at a school in Pisac, in the Sacred Valley near Cusco. It was all very civilised with bunk beds, showers and flushing toilets. I am not knocking Carroty Wood, which has a special place in my heart, but the views in Pisac were more spectacular than the Kent countryside, as beautiful as it is!

The camp itself was a mixture of games, meetings and training. The young people also had to choose a skill and spent the weekend preparing for an evangelistic event on the Saturday, and was a great opportunity to put new skills into action. There was lots of fun and an abundance of life. Although the theology and teaching was not completely my style, I loved the hearts of the young people and the leaders.

Most importantly, it was a great opportunity to spend time with the young people the church. It is impossible to quantify how important it was just to be able to chat and hang around together. We had lots of fun, I had lots of opportunites to practice my Spanish and we got very, very muddy! It is a great foundation for the youth work, and I am praying that we can build on this in the weeks and months ahead.

Videos from the camp can be seen here.

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