Story - Katie G. - as told by Holly Poole
I didn’t want to go to camp. I was expecting a tiresome week that would end in complete exhaustion. I had just gotten back from RFK and felt like two camps in a row was too much. Thankfully, my expectation was definitely not met. Now Camp was an incredible experience.
The thing that spoke to me the most was definitely the messages. The first message, it was called “Shaken Not Stirred,” talked about the donkey that carried Jesus. It talked about how he was once locked up wondering what it’s purpose of living was, but he didn't know that one day he would carry the Son of God. He talked about how we, as young people, are like that donkey: feeling locked up but meant to carry a great move of God. This was a revelation to me because sometimes I feel this way. Because I’m a youth leader, this empowered me to think about the people that I am leading differently. It put a sense of importance on what young people have to offer.
I saw the youth kids prove this when we got on the bus and Katie Wagner stands up and asks everyone to pray about the situations going on in our nation right now. Everyone began praying in such a powerful way, crying over our nation. While we were praying in the bus, we crossed over the bridge in Baton Rouge. Later, we found out that the same bridge that we had crossed was previously threatened to be bombed. But, it still stands. That is the power of prayer.
"Because we serve a God that is unshakable, we can be assured that in a changing and chaotic world, we have a God that is constant and will sustain us."
Another message that stuck out to me was a message that talked about God as the “I Am.” I didn’t understand what that meant at first, it didn’t make sense to me, even grammatically! I prayed for God to help me understand. It was revealed to me that He told Moses to tell Pharaoh that the “I Am” sent him because “I Am” is in present-tense. God spoke to me that He is our present help in times of chaos.
I know that it was God's timing that this camp was called “Unshakable.” It was God’s timing that we were encouraged in our identities and in knowing God as present and unshakable. Because we serve a God that is unshakable, we can be assured that in a changing and chaotic world, we have a God that is constant and will sustain us.
Psalms 62:2 - “He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.”