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August 2015 News

Hundreds of teens impacted by TeenStreet camp

  • Written by  Ian Anderson
Nearly 500 packed into Gatton’s UQ campus for TeenStreet, a week-long discipleship camp for teenagers Photo: Ian Anderson

Annual discipleship camp TeenStreet saw hundreds of teenagers not only challenged and encouraged in their faith, but also stepping out into the local community to serve.

Nearly 500 people, including teens and leaders gathered at the University of Queensland Gatton campus last month for the week-long camp.

“Thanks for an amazing, week, actually the best time of my life,” said one teen, Zac, at the end of the camp.

While the week is packed with plenty of action with sessions, group studies, sports, games, and even it’s very own cafe, a highlight for many teens is “Shh Time” - half an hour of complete silence across the whole camp each morning, where they can listen and talk with God.

“Shh Time is awesome,” said one teen. “The camp is so adrenaline pumped all the time, and Shh Time gives you time to relax.”

Another favourite feature of TeenStreet is NET groups, where teens spend time together in small groups, discussing what they are learning.

“This was my first time at TeenStreet and the best thing about it was my NET group,” said Betina. “It was a great opportunity to be with these girls studying God’s word together and learning about His will.”

“NET groups are the best thing about this camp,” said Solomon. “It’s just really good to bond with other Christian guys and talk about life and journey together.”

But it’s not all just about learning and receiving. TeenStreet is run by international mission organisation Operation Mobilisation, so a big part of the camp is introducing teens to mission work.

By the end of the week, 40 teens had responded to a sense of call to overseas mission, and many had signed an expression of interest to join the TeenStreet mission trip to Nepal in early 2016. 

On the second last day of the camp, the teens put what they had learnt into practice and were sent out into towns and communities across the Lockyer Valley to serve in practical ways.

Teams went to homes and public parks to help with maintenance and gardening, nursing homes to spend time with residents, shopping centres to serve a free BBQ, and even to the Gatton skate park to run an outreach for local youth.

Action sports group JC Epidemic joined in at the skate park outreach by running a scooter and BMX competition for the local youth before performing an incredible BMX show. 

“It’s good to get out and be the hands and feet that God wants us to be,” said one teen girl.

“We went to a guys house who has been really struggling since the floods, and just showed him the love of God,” said Chris. “He was gobsmacked that we would come and help him out of our own free will.”

“TeenStreet 2015 was great,” said another teen, Debora. “More fun, more Jesus. It has really changed my life and the lives of many other teens.”

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