What is Power Camp? Here in Swaziland it is a big celebration that takes a camp to kids(instead of kids to a camp). This way, every child in the community can participate. PowerCamps this year focused on “Seeking Jesus first” From matthew 6:33 “Seek Ye First”. Thousands of kids attended one of the many mobile camps where they learned this verse in a variety of ways. Jumping Castle-Kings live in a castle, Scavenger Hunt-seeking for a sweet treasure, puppet show, bible study, games, activities and a big meal. Though thousands of kids come, we were blessed by each individual child. Many met Jesus for the first time, many re-committed to honor Him. Children like Thabiso, a 12 year old boy who told us at the end of camp that he was not being a good son or brother. He had been picking fights with his siblings and cousins, and that PowerCamp reminded him to focus on Jesus and treat his family the way Jesus would expect. He promised to go home that day to apologize and try to be better every day from now on.
Simphiwe, an 8 year old girl, met Jesus for the first time. We watched as her countenance changed. A girl that came from abuse of unspeakable measure learned about forgiveness, God’s plan in her life, and most importantly-that she has a Father that Love’s her and rejoices over her. We asked her what she liked best about this big and special day. We expected the common answer of “the meat that was served for the meal”, but this precious girl said just what we witnessed. “I have a Father now”. She lives with her Grandmother, and the teacher at the CarePoint is able to followup and continue spiritual care with her and her family.
For us, it comes down to these individual children. We believe that at the CarePoint, they are being discipled to such a degree, loved to such measure, and educated beyond any others that THEY will be the future global changers. They will be the ones to bring love to a hurting nation. They will be those in power and business and truly transform the communities and countries they live in. We are seeing it, and are passionate about pressing forward full steam ahead!
Teams have started arriving. Charlotte’s Niece and 10 college students are here with her as they serve the cities and rural areas. POWERFUL students. We are SO blessed to have a taste of home. Three groups overlapping right now-so all hands on deck to serve and guide these wonderful people who gave up time and resources to come and serve for a week.
The IANF (I am not forgotten) home #3 is now complete, and the kids moved in today! 12 orphans with a safe and nice home…we stopped and visited with the kids as they were moving into their rooms-we could barely contain them or their dancing and singing.. POWERFUL!