Tuesday, August 25, 2009
It's pretty hard to cram two weeks of awesomeness into one blog, nevermind the fact that it's been two weeks since we got home from the aforementioned two weeks.
What is teenstreet you may ask? First of all it's the worst possible name for a christian conference ever, especially if you need to find information on it and you type 'teen street' into google; never a good idea.
What it actually is is a conference for teenagers across Europe to come and hang out with 3,500 other teenagers who share their faith in Jesus. It's purpose is to equip them to run the race of faith and also to impact those around them when they go home. It's not just a case of 'fill us up' but it's a case of 'fill us up; send us out'.
Myself and Jane went a week early with about 15 or so others to pray, worship and prepare for the main week. When I say 15 others, that was just the program team. There were probably a few hundred others there preparing and setting up for the week. It's a big set up preparing for the invasion of 3,500 teenagers!
It was such a huge blessing to be able to spend time with such awesome people seeking the heart of God for what he wanted to share with the teenagers. God being the amazing Father that he is poured his heart out on us incredibly during that first week. Speaking words of truth to us and reminding us what he thinks of us. I just wanted to pour my heart out to him for who he is, what he's done and what he will do, yet time and time again he just blesses us. He loves to bless his kids. It had been a while since I'd been able to be the lead worshipper for a group of people so it was a real precious time for me to be in the presence of God surrounded by people who are chasing after Him too.
Usually the week itself takes lumps out of us; it's nonstop and can be a tough time serving at such a high pace. Yet, this year there was a different atmosphere. Peace reigned. The team having such incredible hearts was a huge factor in this, but also God answered our prayers and made it easier than it's ever been, for me and Jane anyway. It wasn't without it's difficulties, yet they paled into insignificance when we saw what God was doing in the lives of the teens.
The speaking was off the charts. Josh & Deb did a truly incredible job of sharing God's heart with the teens, as did Luke, Aimee and Dan. I had the awesome privilege of leading the worship on the Wednesday and Thursday nights. It was an honour to be able to facilitate that many people coming into the presence of God. He was so present and I know he was pleased with our worship.
During the week we also had the opportunity to facilitate chat rooms. They're a time when the teens can come and chat about certain topics. It's not a seminar as the aim is to give the teens a chance to input and to have their say and also ask questions. I love them. The ones I did where ones very close to my heart. They were 'Worship', 'How to hear from God' and 'Where's God when it hurts'. They were great times.
From the chat rooms to the times of prayer I had with the teens to the chats with other program team members, for me it seemed like the overarching theme through everything was God revealing his Father heart to his kids. Revealing who he truly is and what he thinks of us and these kids who are cherished in his sight. It was amazing to hear God speak so clearly to some of the kids (and also to some of our team!), things that only he could know and it was a real honour that he used amongst others, Jane and I to speak into their lives. God also healed people of various afflictions and it was so awesome to witness and be apart of that too. I think it rocked a few people but I'm learning more and more that the more you experience God the more he rocks your theology and the more you know Him the more there is to know! He's that big, awesome and good!