For most, the teen years are not
easy. It is a time of rapid change, an emotional and physical roller
coaster. My heart goes out to youth, especially the youth of Israel. For
many years we've sought to create a setting in which they could
receive encouragement, healing, liberation, calling, and equipping. The
Katzir (Harvest) camps have become such an environment. This summer
we spent a week with 83 Israeli teens from Messianic congregations across
the country. I'd like you to hear what happened through the voices of
the young people themselves.
These are their words, spoken to all their fellow campers our last morning
together. We had worshiped, hiked, prayed, served, and played for seven
solid, very full days spent mostly in the beautiful Golan Heights of
Israel. That evening, the Spirit of God filled our meeting place in the
bustling city of Tel Aviv. Many youth turned to Yeshua with tearful
repentance, receiving His saving grace, while others sought and received
the fullness of His Spirit. To behold the work of God among teenage people
is to discover treasure. They will be the workers and leaders in the final
I began weeping during one of the meetings - at the intensity of God
feeling our hearts; as well as His heart for each of us.
I had a personal breakthrough because the praise and worship was alive.
This time I really discovered what it is to praise God and not care what
others are thinking. I was amazed with joy at being drawn in by the depth
of the worship.
Up until now I waffled about being immersed in water, but I have
decided to go all the way with Yeshua and be immersed (baptized).
The power of God was so strong that I felt that the Ruach was inside of
me and also outside! ... I encourage you not to be embarrassed ... I had
felt the Ruach in the past but had held back ... After a while, I just
threw caution to the winds and God filled me ... We prayed together - the
girls and the leaders - and the Spirit came flowing out of me ... We
prayed and yelled with joy. It was like a fountain of life ... it went on
and on. [These accounts came from a small group that experienced an
outpouring of the Spirit during their Bible study.]
I want to live as a believer among non-believers and continue coming to
Two months ago I decided to be immersed. On the way my mom was killed
in a car accident. It was SO hard to receive the Lord after that. I felt a
wall between us. It was very hard to come to this camp. I was SO mad. Why
did He take her? Finally, I came to the camp. So many people held me up
here, so that God could work. I felt that God wanted me. I want to thank
all those who have lifted me, and thank God-for forgiving my anger. I know
that He is working and watching over us. Walk with Him ... He'll be
with you in your hardest time.
I discovered that people could be real and not put me down. I thank God
that he released me from prison and I don't want to return.
I wasn't interested in coming to Katzir. I've been really far
from the Lord even though my dad is a pastor. God touched me so deeply
here! After this I want to draw near to Him and live differently.
Please continue with us in prayer for the courage and sound mentoring these
young people crave.