Camp Conexion, Youth Outreach in France
In early July, an Israeli group of 16 teenagers, along with 6 Revive Israel adult instructors traveled to France to participate in the “K’sharim Connections” camp, to serve local French youth and experience God in new ways. (We had done a similar trip previously, for the first time, just before COVID.)
The evening before the flight, we met at the Revive Israel Discipleship Center near Jerusalem, to get to know each other better. From the very first evening we felt the unity of the Lord, even as a diverse group from all around Israel. This was an opportunity to be a witness, to show the Lord’s love to each other and experience it personally.
After arriving in France, we went out and stopped in a large park for a time of praise, prayer and encouragement from the Word of God. Yuval taught about God as our Father. One of the leaders of the French team shared his testimony.
Then one of the Israeli teens had a freak accident with his head due to a window and received medical treatment. This resulted in a miracle for him and a changed perspective on life and God. On two evenings we received stirring words of encouragement from a French brother with a prophetic gift.
One day we went for another field trip early in the morning, and learned the story of the teenage shepherdess Isabeau Vincent who began supernaturally prophesying in her sleep, and helped bring revival to France in the late 1600s. After that we went to a water park for most of the day. Then one of the Israeli girls shared with us how a believing friend from her studies, helped her change her approach to life and became a believer again.
Another morning two Israeli counselors shared their testimonies. This led to prayer for the nations, and a number of Israeli and French youth asked for prayer. We then went to the downtown area of the city of Valence to share the Gospel through dance and to hand out uplifting cards. It was a special time because we had the opportunity to be a light to the Gentiles and encourage the weak. People responded with smiles. It was an amazing experience.
Testimonies from instructors and teens:
A.H. 33 years old – “This trip was full of grace, I felt like we were gliding in neutral, in the gear of grace. The Lord showed us his grace every morning anew.”
“It is because of the LORD’s great love that we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
A.K. 16 years old – “Before we flew I had pressures and worries about the camp, but God showed me that I can trust him in any situation. He is in control of everything.”
S.M. 16 years old – “God showed me how much He loves me and helped me get out of my rut spiritually.”
N.A. 13 years old – “God made me look back at all the miracles in my life.”
D.P. 18 years old – “God showed me ways to get closer to him, and… helped me submit to him.”
A.R. 13 years old – “God showed me the state I am in, and also filled me up again.”
N.N. 15 years old – “God challenged me.”