Shavei Tzion hosted a three-day
Shavuot Teen Camp for the Tents of Mercy Network to encourage our youth
toward servanthood in their congregations.
We had seen the devotion and love of the Messianic "Isra-cam" staff, as
well as the increased faith and encouragement their young campers
received. So we decided to recruit their staff to run a camp tailored for
To gather our youth together and train them to take responsibility in
To connect the youth of network congregations
To bring the youth closer to the Lord so they would know He is always
there for them
To teach the youth about the feast of Shavuot
We bonded together while hiking to the Zavitan Pools in the Golan
Heights, camping at Neve Karni, BBQing, and worshiping. The late-night
games wrung the last drops of energy out of us all, leading to a quiet
night of sleep.
The teaching theme on the second day was "God is an eternal
friend." It turned out that the games were the most effective and
practical way of teaching the kids about cooperation and the necessity of
supporting one another. In the heat of the afternoon, we all enjoyed a
dip in the Jordan River. Two young leaders even got baptized! In the
evening our Shabbat meal was served outdoors accompanied by blessings and
On the third day we learned that, "God is a personal friend",
through the meanings of His names. After lunch it was time to start
packing ... but there were still two exciting challenges ahead: paddling
on the Jordan River and a game of paint ball. What a great way to end the
three days! We all arrived home safe and happy. Even the massive traffic
jam on the way didn't spoil our mood.
As the camp cook, I had my administrative challenges, but God was
faithful and helped me through. I thank God for this opportunity to serve
the youth with all my heart. I believe that some of them benefitted from
seeing how the leaders served one another, and understand that serving
can be a fun, positive experience. We need to serve with love, because
without love, all service is in vain!
Thank you, Shavei Tzion, for the camp. I loved the company of good
friends, delicious food and a variety of interesting activities. I
particularly enjoyed the small groups, and learned a lot of things about
life. I am looking forward to the next camp.