In summer 2012 we from YWAM St. Lucia ran our first summer program. This year (2013) young people had the same chance again and we even had people from overseas to join us for this program which lasted from July 28th until August 11th.
All in all we were thirteen people, four of which were leaders and staff. Among the participants we had six St. Lucians, two Germans and one Swiss. Ages among the participants reached from 11 to 29 years.
During the first week foundations in the faith and for life in a community were laid. The participants had time to get to know each other and learn things that help them in their relationship with God, such as how to read the bible, how to have quiet time and more. We also had fun times where we played basket ball, went to the beach and made excursions on the island.
After having laid some important foundations, in the second week we became more practical and stepped outside to bless people and talk to them about God. For example did we practice songs and a drama which we performed at the homeless shelter, the elderly home and the orphanage in Castries. We also talked to those people and tried to find out more about their lives. Eventually, we would also ask them about their relationship with Jesus and encourage them to seek God who cares about them and loves them. Of course we also had fun times in the second week.;)
Some of the highlights we had:
- Two participants gave their life to Christ
- People at the homeless shelter were encouraged and one gave her life to Christ
- Two amazing nights at the International Youth Prophetic Convention
- Pancakes for breakfast
- Friendships developed and deepened
The participants generally experienced the program positively and were encouraged to go forth in their walk with the Lord. Those who already participated the year before agreed that this year was even better.
by M. Khalil