Western Canada Youth Summit is probably one of the best things that happened to me this 2014. I just feel so blessed to be able to participate in this event, meet few new friends and bond with my old pals. I was never really expecting anything when I came to the said camp. But I hope, I left the place as a new person with new views and purposes.
During the first day, I was really stoked! Everything was packed-up and all we need was just the ride, which took two hours to arrive on the meeting place. Never did I know that we, youths from Saskatchewan will be divided into to three buses (Alberta, Manitoba and British Columbia), I could have chatted and played with Saskatchewan people before taking the bus than sleeping and bumming at the park.
In just a little time we already made friends [and crushes] with some youth from Alberta, they are much younger than us but it is like we’re of the same age. Maybe that’s because we’re just in one path and we only have one reason. Although it was really a tiring trip that we had to control our precious bladder from urinating for 2+ hours. At the end it is worth the wait as we already reached the summit site, had our supper, and met our roommates.
I seriously went head over heels to one of the worship leader from Manitoba! I am not even sure of my gender now. I am a little uncertain if I am allowed to tell her name, but she is really inspiring to all the youth. She’s like a package deal that everyone should be like her. She has a good job with a no-joke-university degree while using her talent in God’s glory. Looking how God uses her, I’m truly inspired to offer myself to the Lord and be of inspiration to others with my own talents and capabilities.
Second day was a little bit tiring yet surprising. My roommates and I are still in the page of getting to know each other, but we get closer as we share our personal devotions and life stories.
It is no secret that devotion was a bit struggle for me. I am not used to read my bible as I always have my self-excuse of having an app and Twitter to read verses. When we went to the summit, my poor Fido iPhone does not have any signal and so, I felt God was asking me to read the bible and so I did! Surprisingly it felt amazing to decipher for the first time the words in the bible.
The third day was the most fun of all days. We had a pastor that first did not make a good impression on me when he mocked Sto. Niño and Catholicism, which is my religion. All that I know was, we have one God, one Jesus… why mocked us? I cannot blame them if they won’t stop saying we’re worshipping idols though we are not. They are just not in our place that’s why they do not know that we are not worshipping ANYONE than God; a picture is the best example why we have images that others will not understand, but hopefully will. So going back, our pastor did not make a good impression but I was really moved by his words, he is very humorous but his words are striking that he never fails to make me think & reflect some things I have never thought before that is now making a huge change in me. 🙂
We also had a worship night, which is like a give back to everything God has made for me. I was blessed to be able to give thanks to God with all of me, I owe him too much and worship is nothing to all His sacrifices.
The last day made me think of how fast four days can be. It went by so fast; I did not even notice we’ve come that far. The excitement to see my parents and sleep for hours is inevitable; all that was in my mind was to go home until we had our last session. The last session was led by the same pastor I was talking about, as previously mentioned, Pastor has a way of making connections to me that I never felt before. I came to that session with temptations and sins but have come to leave the place without any burden and guilt feeling.
The feeling of having everything surrendered was the best gift coming to God had given me in those days. I have nothing against past and all that was left were lessons that I learned and challenge to make it through temptations and trials. Knowing God is indeed a blessing and words are not enough for me to express how thankful and glad I am to be a part of this summit. 🙂