A camp like no other
This is not one of the cliché essays we were made to write in school about how I spent my last holiday. This is a true story, a story of fate and faith. A life-changing experience that brought transformation, clarity, and healing on many levels. The first Camp David was in 2018. I was so excited to be going to Camp that year. It had been a long time since I went to any Camp, for someone who grew up going to one camp or the other. From Easter camps, conventions, and a military camp. I was thrilled to be going to another camp that year.
Since it had been a long time since I went to any type of camp, my dad was reluctant to let me go. I was really upset, I asked twice and got a plain "No!". It is said the third time is the charm or something like that; I asked again but I made a very sincere prayer first and I got a yes. Also, I was fully funded by my dad even though all I wanted was permission. Lists were made, forms were signed and packing began. I was all packed a day before and ready to go. Before camp started I had some expectations from God. For example, I wanted to know what I was supposed to do with my life, to know my purpose and calling.
The first day was great, arriving at the campground was everything I imagined. I just knew that this was going to be a different experience. I got checked into my dorm and got this cool care package from David's Army. Immediately I realized that I was getting much more than my money could ever buy. Lunch was served and we got ready for the Praise night. Praise night was awesome, I'm not a party person I enjoyed myself. Just being in God's presence and praising Him created the first shift for me. I left all the problems and all the things I was trying to figure out and just praised my heart out. It was almost impossible the sleep that night even after lights out. The first day was already a blast and it only got better from there.
The next for days went by so fast at least that's what I think. The morning started with some good workouts and physical activities. The food was great, and every meal provided was delicious. After which we had a word session. Every session word or worship was led by amazing people. I felt connected to God. The atmosphere in Camp eliminates distraction. With no chores, no homework, or studying I was able to solely focus on God and fully experience Him. At Camp David, my healing processes started and I was able to get counseling from a General during the counseling session. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I was fully able to express my feelings and not feel judged in any way. Great friendships were also made. I met people of like mind and we caught on.
Leaving camp on Sunday morning was hard, saying goodbyes, getting contacts and a few tears were shed (not by me though, my tear ducts packed up years ago). Apart from the nostalgia of leaving I knew I was leaving different, transformed. That my questions were answered, my healing had begun and lifelong relationships were made. I caught fire and love for God and it changed me. Camp David 2018 was a great plus to my life and it left me a completely changed and renewed person who knew and loves God better