Last week RRCOC sent our high schoolers to Kadesh, a camp at Abilene Christian University. Every year our teens come back with stories about the amazing ways they saw God work in their own hearts and in the lives of their fellow campers.
Here are a few words from Kaylee Wiginton on her experience this year (pictures courtesy of Stephanie Jones):
This week, Kadesh gave me an experience I won’t ever forget.
After carrying around physical chains all week long, then hearing the words that God speaks to us to release us from our slavery to sin and to accept His grace, the whole camp gathered to worship. This worship started with us dropping our chains at the foot of the cross, then we took communion and prayed with our groups, who we had gotten extremely close to throughout the week. After communion, we sang (or more like shouted). And the feeling that I’m pretty sure the entire chapel felt, I won’t ever forget. You could feel the joy of people who had dropped all their chains, emotional and physical, at the foot of the cross, and accepted God’s grace.
Kadesh brought me closer to God all week with the intensive and extensive studying that we did on God’s word, but this worship showed me a closer glimpse of God because everyone could feel the weight of their burdens being lifted as God’s grace washed over them.
I’m so glad I went to Kadesh this week because I learned what God’s grace really is.