Overdue TESTIMONY TIME from Infusion, the high school camp I had the opportunity to serve at last month!
It. Was. Incredible. God never ever ceases to amaze me with the unique and specific ways he pursues each one of us.
To give you a broad recap of the camp it was a period of 6 days filled with teaching, activation moments, worship, prayer, and, of course, fun competitions and games. I, along with a co-leader, led a room of six 16-year-old girls. It is with abundant faith and joy that I can say there was a true shift in each of those girls from that week at camp!
One of my favorite testimonies from the week was the freedom and absolute change in self-confidence and joy that God brought for one of the girls in my room. On the first day of camp this student admitted to me that she struggled with social anxiety to the point where she was pulled out of school to be home schooled. She wore head phones without playing music at almost all times she was around others to cope with the anxiety. My co-leader, Elliott, and I both felt from the moment we met her that God was going to free her from her dependency on wearing the headphones.
Almost every morning of the camp we joined with the YWAM base for an hour of worship. During these mornings we also took time to pray over the students, and there was opportunity for anyone to go up on the stage and share a word from the Lord. The second morning of camp, the Holy Spirit prompted me to pray over my student for peace and freedom from anxiety. As soon as I finished praying over her, another student went up on stage and shared about getting out of your comfort zone, encouraging others to do the same. I looked at my student and asked her, “Do you think you can give me your headphones? Me and Elliot both know that God wants to set you free from having to wear them this week.”
She was hesitant and afraid, but took the step of courage and said yes, handing over her headphones to me!
This was just the first step of breakthrough God was bringing to her that day. That evening we were back in a time of worship and started praying for people in the room who needed healing. The same girl told me that she needed prayer for her foot because it had been hurting. A group of students and leaders prayed over her foot and I continued to intercede for her freedom from anxiety in that moment.
God, in his faithfulness and grace, showed up! God healed her foot along with other students who had physical pain! Right after, those who had been healed had the opportunity to go up on the stage and share what God had done. I looked at this student once again and asked if she wanted to take another step out of her comfort zone, going up on stage to share what God just did for her.
A look of fear overcame her as she shook her head no. I continued to encourage her telling her she could do it, and despite her fear and anxiety she agreed. I was amazed at the grace of God and the bravery in this young woman who had been bound by fear and anxiety as she walked on to the stage and testified over a microphone in front of over a hundred people that God healed her foot! When she walked off the stage, she looked me in the eyes with a look of joy and freedom on her face and said, “I don’t feel anxiety right now!”
I was speechless and amazed once again at the power of God to set someone free in an instant. Throughout the rest of the week, this girl had a different demeanor about her. It was like a weight had been lifted off her. She even participated whole heartedly in evangelism later that week, going up to strangers and sharing what God was doing in her life!
There were many other moments of breakthrough and freedom for each student at the camp. The staff is continuing to hear reports of lasting fruit as the students go back home – students are getting baptized, starting Bible studies with their friends, and planning worship nights in their communities!
Although exhausted at the end of a week of pouring into high school students, I also left that week feeling filled and refreshed. I left with a greater urgency to go into the world and share the good news of Jesus.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16).
We have the answer to the chaos in the world. We have the hope for the thousands and thousands that are bound by anxiety, depression, fear, emptiness – the wages of sin. Whether my world is a youth camp, a corporate office, a classroom, a coffee shop – wherever! – I never want to forget what Jesus has done and his command to share this with our world.
Thanks be to God that the more we share who He is, the more joy and freedom we get!
Thank you for your support and prayers. I absolutely would not be where I am today without the intercession, friendship, and financial support of my loved ones.
Thanks for being a friend. I hope you feel encouraged as I do about how fun and faithful our God is!
Stay tuned for another UPDATE coming out soon with some exciting news!
Until next time,