“No Fear in Perfect Love” Camp by Students For Christ UniMelb
Initially, I had low expectations for the camp as it was out of my comfort zone and I am really shy and reserved. Moreover, I barely knew other members because I have only joined the discipleship group a couple of times. I kept on asking for God's guidance because it was almost the deadline and I was still confused. In the end, I felt that God "pushed" me through unexpected circumstances that I felt at that time, and there I was, finally registering for a 3-day event with a bunch of "strangers". Even after registering, I still felt anxious but I hoped that God will help me through it.
The first sermon was delivered by Ps. Jai Mitchell. He has a gift of prophecy through "Word of Knowledge". "Word of Knowledge" means stating facts that ordinary people would usually not know. He gave examples of how God showed him that a random waitress was saving for a car, and how he gave God’s words of encouragement to her. To be honest, I have heard of these kind of stories numerous times, yet I still felt sceptical about it. Then suddenly, Ps. Jai asked "Is there anyone here that’s using pink shoelaces?". I was shocked because I was using one but did not realise that he was referring to me. It turned out I was the only one who used them and he asked for my name. I was still in the state of shock so I replied him nervously. He said that he got "Word of Knowledge" from God: he “saw” me writing letters to God on my desk.
Once again, I was shocked because I was mind-wandering during the sermon, thinking about an event that occurred earlier. On Tuesday night at Prayer Tower, I felt like one of my prayers got answered, so when I arrived home, I quickly poured out my feelings and wrote them in my journal. I sometimes write in my journal about personal struggles as some kind of a way of communication with God. I didn't intend it to be a letter to God with "dear God,” per se, but what Ps. Jai said about me was somewhat accurate! Furthermore, he added that God is assuring me that He is starting to reply to my letters, and thus I shouldn't be discouraged. At this point, my eyes started to get teary because I felt, deep down in my heart that my faith was spiritually dry; I was questioning whether God cares for me. Finally, Ps. Jai said that I will develop a whole new relationship with Him and he gave me verse: Eph 5:18-20 “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
This is only one of the highlights from Student For Christ Camp (Semester 2, 2016) that I personally experienced. There are more touching moments as well that I didn’t expect, especially because I used to be sceptical. Now, I have a personal encounter that I experience myself, after previously just hearing others’ testimonies. Moreover, I have grown closer to the SFC friends that I’ve mentioned earlier. I am really grateful that God has given this blessing in disguise through a golden opportunity like this. I hope everyone who reads this would be more encouraged and assured that God always cares and has the best plan in store for us, even when we didn’t understand it at first.