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Friday, December 07, 2007

Breakaway!!! (Dec 2007)

SETTING MY LIFE ON YOUR LIVING WORD FINDING OUT WHY, WHAT IT'S REALLY WORTH LETTING GO ALL, I PUT YOU FIRST
HEY, HEY, IT'S ALL OK
SHOUTING OUT LOUD TO THE GOD WE SERVE
TAKING YOUR LOVE TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH
WE'RE THE GENERATION READY TO EMERGE
HEY, HEY, IT'S ALL OK

BREAKAWAY
I'M LIVING FOR YOU
BREAKAWAY
I'M LIVING FOR TRUTH

CHAINS ARE BREAKING
THE WORLD IS SHAKING
BREAKAWAY FROM THE DARKNESS TO YOUR LIGHT
NOW I'M LIVING IN YOUR FREEDOM
BREAKAWAY TO THE LIFE THAT'S FROM ABOVE

That's the song that kept churning in my head these few days, and this is the theme song of our ET zone camp 2007!

So many things happened in these short week as we prepared and as we ran the camp... I really dun know how to blog everything down. What's really fulfilling is that we know that all the hard work, sleepless nights, voice losses, gan cheong moments of rushing out camp stuffs, long meetings, muzo practice that went late into the night (or rather morning), the last night of preparing all the materials and my sermon that I changed a few times... were ALL worth it! For the 140 members and 50 friends whose lives were impacted! WORTH IT!

Here are some excerpts... I type as I try to recollect!

SPECIAL THANKS TO THOSE WHOM I WORKED WITH...
SHING ... for helping me out in my water bomb game. Even though u didnt brainstorm (!!!), but you helped me with the shiong logistics! And even though some of our materials were not used, but thank God the water bomb war was a hot fave among the youth!
Thanks also for helping in the chorus board. Know it's not easy doing it with all the last min changes, different settings etc! But very nice la. I esp like the templates you used. V pro man...

SOCK TENG ... for helping me think thro my water bomb game. Even though stressed to change last min, but discussing with you made it feel so relaxed and fun! To change from Fashion Runway to Water Bomb War... My heart almost failed me... I like shopping... I like peace... not war... HAHA! And next time u sleepy, dun do CB! V obvious!!! Anyway thanks, as usual for always being there to help me. U r a loyal friend. :)

AH LIAN ... for ensuring that food for 190 hungry people are ready and on time! You are amazing! Thank you for lending us your house and your bed for that very tiring night!

SANDY ... for helping me here and there. I really see the change in you. And I like... your perseverance. Keep it up San!

BERNICE ... for helping me with W351. You did a great job this time! And your survey forms were good!

LUCAS ... The best host in ET zone and probably other zones too. I really like your cheer! I think you got a steady ET fan club already....

DEAR JARED ... For always being the pillar of support. I know I can always call u whenever I dunno what to do (I say the same for the rest too!) U r simply the best!

BOSS ... Thank you for all sermon that really changed our lives... We all went up the next level because you believed in us, and you prayed for us. :)

THE OTHER LEADERS ... You are indispensable!!!

CAMP ACTIVITIES' MEMORIES
I didnt realize so many of the campers had artisitic abilities UNTIL I saw them do up their flags... Their flags were so cool.... Abraham's and Jacob's words were very artistic. Jacob's like Ed hardy font. Noah and Peter with their sea picture... Ruth and Gideon with their Superman symbol. Elijah with all the names all over. Samson's flag made me thot they had confused their identity! Cos even during their drama, they pronounced their name as "Simpson"! Well, if you see it, you will have it!

The team leaders and some of the members like Xiao En.... Thanks for showing the younger members and friends how it is like to be excited and on fire when praising God! (Jump jump jump, smile smile smile, Cheer cheer cheer!!!)That should be the way! It changed the way people praised God during the rest of the camp!

The way the teams played the station games... Very on! Some teams even cheered for the losing teams. Some cheered on their own team members even when they knew they were going to lose anyway. The way the team still put on a smiley face and a great positive attitude as they accepted their forfeits... Eg: Toufu all over, gel on their hair, moisturizer all over their body! Well done guys! That's the spirit that you gotta have in life!
P.S: I remember Samson team members had a niceeee smell when they walked into the AVA room. But I really will not forget the smell in the room during the session straight after the station games.... It was the wrong kind of aroma!~

Night session was superb when boss shared about how he gave up everything for God. Presence of God was so strong. This was my best laying hand session as I could feel the strong presence of God that caused my hand to really tremble. God, I pray their lives will keep on changing from glory to glory after the camp.... To love You wholeheartedly... I really hoped most of my own members came out for the altar call....

Night game! I was superbly tired. Had to drag myself to go prepare to throw bomb and 'tort...', i mean forfeit the members!

Forfeit includes:
1. Rubbing medicated oil and yoko yoko on their necks. (Jared tried on me... very shuang leh....Hmm...)
2. Drinking herbal tea plus coffee powder
3. Putting hands into a tank of frogs
4. Plucking out the guys' leg hair! (My station! HAHAHA!)

My most memorable victims were Shawn and Ivan! HAHA! Ivan got plentiful of ahem to sacrifice. Dun look at him... SO tall, so strong... somemore security... WHen we plucked... He went "Ouch!"... and Shawn was opposite! No LH! HAHAHAHAHAH!! So in the end I and Minghui ended up plucking 2 of his toe hair! I think he felt itchy more than painful! Anyway, I realised that Jing Jing captured this scene on video! HAHA! So funnie.... but dun worry guys, it wun be displayed in our zone video la! It'll be CENSORED.

The next day....

Took a session on teaching the people to pray. Which I feel was very important. Cos lives are not changed by fun and excitement. The people need to get connected to God for their lives to change for the better....

Next up, relay, bidding cum survivor cooking & water bomb war!

I didnt get to see the relay. Only went down to see the bidding game. Wah! The youth enjoyed the bidding man! They were so rowdy....! And I heard my beloved Abraham team spent $250 on 'Jerb's favorite food'! Guys I am so touched by your support.... but why pay $250 for lettuce?? HAHAHA! You all dun know me enough!

Anyway, the way I saw the youth cook then presented their items.... SOLID MAN! We had the Muthu curry, the cool sandwich (that Adin said you can look cool while eating it!...and Kimberly....just wat were you trying to do??), the many healthy food... and that fried, not so healthy dish presented by Shawn from Elijah....

After that comes the much awaited WATER BOMB GAME. I tell you... when I told the youth points will be deducted for throwing bombs at facilitators, they whined like crazy! Aiyo, all you people... How could you bully your dear CGLS???

During the game, they threw each other like mad. It was an 'all out' game! Rules were forgotten, boundaries overstepped, water flying all over the place! And just when we thought the youth had finished all their bombs, we stopped the game and realised we were wrong! Dunno from where, there were some more pails of water and waterbombs that came flying towards us. Special thanks to Christopher Chen and Deon Tan who wet me so much, i actually felt as if I had bathed that day.... Cooooollllllddddd.... Thanks to Yaozong who asked me 5 times if he can throw water bomb at me. Well, I politely refused him. And the funny thing was I heard Boss destroyed Kergin's hairstyle (a mohawk) by slamming it right smack with a water bomb! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Lastly, came the camp finale! With the super short time we had, boss and Minghui rehearsed their drama before the actual event. O man! All sorts of thing came out during their drama.... Unbiblical some of them! Guys.... u all got to read the Bible MORE!!! But special mention to Jon Choo and Han yong for being super beng... Tian yi's jokes are sooooooo lame but so funnie when you hear them during the drama, Jonathan Hoe... you are sooo pretty and funny as the irresistible Delilah! Joel who was Noah! Hanzong!! Hanzong, I didnt know you can act....! Somemore as Jesus! HAHAHA! Weiqiang, the king! Kenneth who was Abraham, Yaozong.... GIDEON???!!! Ischelle, Jasmine etc all acted too! My dear members have hidden acting abilities! But well done to all of you cos you all had the courage to express yourselves in front of a crowd of 150 people! Well done!!!

Anyway during the last session, we sang praises like crazy, run here and there... linked up in snakes and ran around the hall.... We were high!!! This is what is like in Heaven I guess... or rather a tip of the iceberg... Fullness of JOY!

Well, this camp has once again impacted the campers as well as us facilitators. We learnt how to pray, praise God, experience God, be united regardless of race, personalities and bkground. We learnt how to be encouraging and cheer one another on, to love and believe in one another.

So guys, let's believe God that there will be revival in our personal lives and our CGs this December! Don't regret that your friends didnt manage to come for this camp... Cos there's still Xmas CG next week, Xmas services and zone Thanksgiving CGs on the last week of the year! Our new friends can join us for next year's camp!!! (God willing!) With God, ALL things are possible!

THANK YOU GOD! THANK YOU ALL! Everyone made a difference in ET Camp Breakaway Dec 2007!


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