Over the course of the summer, a number of folk from Refuge participated in various camps for young people across Scotland. Here, Jen tells us about the Motiv8 camp that she was involved in together with Katie (and Libby who recently left Refuge to help plant a church in the east end of Glasgow)...
In the first week of the school holidays Katie and I were part of a team leading a week-long Motiv8 camp at Alltnacriche, near Aviemore for young people ages S4-6, the majority of whom are connected to Junction 12 Youth Project (where Katie and I work) and Ferrywell Youth Project in Edinburgh. The broad aims of the camp were to give the young people a great holiday in a safe and secure environment where they would experience and share in Christian community and have the opportunity to consider some of the characteristics of God and what they mean for our relationship with Him.
During the day the young people had the chance to take part in lots of different activities from kayaking to crate climbing, abseiling to archery, and many faced their fears and achieved things they never thought they could. In the evenings, as well as a murder mystery, a movie night and a talent show, there was time set aside to hear some teaching and look at the Bible together in small groups. For many of the young people, this was not their first experience of camp, some would identify as Christians while others would be very clear in stating that they are not, but all took part in the evening meetings and responded with honesty to the passages and prompts that were given. One particularly special moment in the week was when a number of the young people stood on chairs singing Cornerstone loudly and with passion.
The Darkness that the song speaks of is a very present reality in the lives of a lot of these young people. Many have walked and continue to walk through high and stormy gales and we are in the privileged position to journey alongside them, sharing Jesus, not just at camp but throughout the year.