Worship – Wild and Free!
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
During our times of worship together, it’s increasingly clear to see how God is touching lives and transforming hearts through the touch of His Spirit. As we receive the love of God in a greater way, we are stepping into greater freedom! With this, we cannot help by cry out with praise and adoration, the shout of thanksgiving overflowing from our lives.
It’s been a joy to receive a team this week from Caleb Company, based in Nashville, Tennessee. Caleb Company have been long-time friends of Gateways Beyond and have a vision to equip God’s people with His heart for Israel and the nations. Their team of nine is currently on a trip to the Middle East and have come to Encounter Camp to serve in any way possible – we are so thankful for them! On Thursday night the team led us into the presence of God through worship, singing out that Jesus is making us wild, free and full of fire! They then took time to prophesy over each of the young people in turn, sharing the impressions they felt from the Lord. It was amazing to hear the words of life, hope and destiny being spoken over everyone! We look forward to seeing how God will multiply these seeds in years to come.
Beach Fun Day
Thursday was the Encounter Camp 2016 beach day! We all piled into the vehicles after dance practice with our picnics, sun screen and beach towels – our destination: Lady’s Mile beach in Limassol. After our lunch, Paul led the activities for the afternoon. This involved a classic game of British Bulldog (also known as Sharks and Minnows) and an Ultimate Frisbee tournament! After the games, the group enjoyed some free time to enjoy the sun, sea and sand before driving back up the mountain.
Friday morning with Gustavo Manduca
Gustavo Manduca is a former professional footballer who also spent time playing for APOEL FC here in Cyprus. Most importantly, he loves Jesus! We were honored to welcome him on Friday morning when he came to share with the camp. Gustavo shared his testimony about how he came to know Jesus and he spoke of his personal walk with God in the midst of the limelight of professional sports. Challenging us to stand firm in our decision to follow the Lord, many received his words to heart as he said that “the decisions that we make can change our history … It’s always easier when we take the decision to choose God and walk on His way.” For all of us, it was such an encouragement to hear from someone who has walked humbly with God in a difficult place. God has called us to influence the environments we are placed in and be an agent of the Kingdom of Heaven – we are ambassadors. Everyone was encouraged not to foolishly chase after fame or what the world would call ‘success’ but to choose God, journeying higher with Him into love and peace. Thank you Gustavo!
It is our desire to enter into the rhythm of God’s design for our lives. One of His intentions for us is to enjoy Shabbat, a time set apart for us in the week to rest in Him. Shabbat is also a special opportunity to stand with Jewish communities worldwide and on Friday evening, at the start of the Shabbat day, we gathered together with joy to remember His unending covenant with us. For a few of the young people this was their first time participating in a Shabbat meal. As we broke bread together and shared in traditional prayers and songs, thankfulness filled our hearts and we reflected on how the Lord has brought us all to this place ‘for such a time as this.’ **EDIT