Camp Liberation: Forging Cross-Border Connections
By Youval Yanay
Next month in Southern France, a group of French and Israeli (Jewish and Arab) will be gathering together during the Passover holiday. The camp’s theme is “Liberation from Slavery!” Similar gatherings have broken down barriers between teens from diverse, even hostile, cultures and backgrounds and forged lasting bonds of love and friendship. The Messiah calls the members of his global body to love and connect with fellow believers. Building bridges between teens across national and cultural borders is one decisive way to demonstrate God’s love and compassion.
Now is a critical juncture in the lives of our teens. It is an opportune time for each to intimately encounter Yeshua before entering a season of testing. The Israelis are preparing to begin their army service, while the French young people will soon enter secular universities with anti-Christ agendas. But, with Yeshua’s help, the camp will strengthen their faith and resolve while providing space to form life-long bonds of friendship that we know will be necessary in the days to come. We invite you to hear stories of past camp testimonials here.
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Messiah.” (1 Corinthians 12:12)
This is a particularly divisive time in human history. Social media, the news, and secular peer pressure cut deeply along cultural and ethnic lines, widening borders of fear, bigotry, mutual distrust, and hatred. It’s tough to connect and enjoy the beauty of unity in the body of the Messiah. Believing teens need uninterrupted time and a safe space to develop cross-border friendships to become spiritually mature adults. We should use these formative years to create a foundation for future unity in the global body of the Messiah!
Pray for Us!
This April please pray for those of us gathered in France, as we remember how God delivered us from slavery and sing Hinei Mah Tov.
Please pray that each teen would:
•Discover the sweetness of dwelling in unity through the Messiah.
•Be delivered from the bonds of sin and sickness.
•Return home with unshakeable faith and courage to boldly run after Yeshua for the rest of their lives.
“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.” (Psalm 133).