Every year there’s a season we all call “Summer.” Now depending on who you talk to, Summer can invoke a wide range of expectations, thoughts, and emotions. For example, if you happened to be talking to a teacher, you might expect to receive a reaction filled with excitement and anticipation for time off, vacation, and 2 months away from “the kids.” On the other hand, if you were talking to a parent you might receive a reaction that comes from the realization that the same “kids” will not be in school, but rather at home, all day and all night. However, if you were to ask our team involved at Rev what we were looking forward to in the Summer, we would all mention one thing: Rev Camp.
Our Youth Summer Camps — Rev Camp — is 2 weeks in August that we never get tired of talking about. Camp ministry is special for many reasons, but for us it’s simple: it’s about seeing young people changed by a genuine, personal encounter with the person of Jesus. We understand that there is no such thing as “camp Jesus” and “regular Jesus,” but we know that when we engage with the practice of retreat, we create space for a God who loves to move, to work in the lives of our students and leaders.
Going into this past Summer, we asked God to do something special in the lives of our young people. We asked that as we join Him in contending for a generation that we would see miracles; that we would see students transformed by His power… and that’s exactly what we saw. As we created space and honoured the work of His Spirit, we saw God begin to heal, set free, and bring peace to areas of pain, bondage, and fear. But our heart to see miracles happen wasn’t rooted in wanting to see the fruit of camp be just about a “moment.” It was about seeing our students grow deeper in their faith, and relationship with Jesus.
As we move forward into this school year, our vision is the same: to create space for young people to encounter Jesus, both corporately and individually. We believe that this generation is poised for a radical move of God, and that in the midst of a complex, digital culture, that we see God raise a remnant of young people, living counter cultural, Kingdom-oriented lives.
As we head into the Fall, we would like to thank our church family for your incredible generosity, and ask that you continue to partner with us, in service and prayer. Your time, finances, and prayers have all played a part in seeing lives transformed by the love of God. Even as we celebrate what God did at camp through witnessing water baptisms today, I hope you feel connected to the stories of God’s faithfulness. Please join us as we commit ourselves to seeing young people continue to encounter Jesus in our cities.
– Pastor Peter Yoon