SHARING BY EUNICE LIEW, 17
Impact Camp 2019 was very well-planned and executed, and our sessions and devotion fit the camp theme, ‘Journey Together’, very well. I gleaned new insight about the Christian faith through the preaching and Q&A sessions, and I’m sure the rest of the campers did too. However, the most valuable lessons I learned was not during the sessions, but during the bonding and free time.
During supper on the first night, I got to know two new campers who looked relatively lonely and removed from the rest of the campers. They did not mix with the other campers who were laughing and having fun in their own cliques. In the middle of my conversation with the two new campers, one of them asked me out of the blue whether I felt like an outcast in Impact Youth. I was taken aback by his question and asked him why he thought so. He told me that I was the only person at camp who talked to him, because earlier that day I had struck up a short conversation with him. At that time, I did not think much about what I was doing, but to find out later that it affected him so deeply was quite a big discovery for me. He further explained that he felt as though he were an outcast and was unable to click with us Impactors as we all seemed to have our own social circles. Fortunately, in the following days at camp, I saw these two new campers mixing with the other campers and forming new and unexpected friendships which was very touching to me. They finally managed to feel at home in a new environment.
Before this, I had the impression that Impact was a very warm and welcoming community. However, that conversation proved that although we were friendly and welcoming, especially to newcomers, we weren’t welcoming enough. Hence, I learned that we should be more accommodating to outsiders and to make them feel at home and that they finally belong. Apart from that, as a community, we should be loving and reliable friends to each other. And in our lifelong journey together, we should strive to build each other up and point each other to God whenever we start to stray away from the path of righteousness. Instead of judging each other for our shortcomings, we should encourage each other to be more Christ-like.
Lastly, I thank God for revealing all this to me through camp and I hope that as Impact continues to grow as a loving and Christ-centred community, we will remember that it is important to be inclusive of others regardless of their personal background and views.
MAD CARNIVAL 2018 Sharing
SHARING BY Jaime Lau, 19
(studying to be a Game Artist in KDU University College)
Being commissioned as an artist for PJEFC was a pleasurable experience. The honour to research my heritage and depict the story of Chang Er (嫦娥奔月) was an honour. The church was forthcoming with feedback and encouraged my artistic vision to respectfully portray it within a Christian context.
SHARING BY Connie Ko
(Connector for MAD Carnival 2018)
My duty was to explain to guests about the Moon Cake Festival – the Chang Er (嫦娥) Story. It was quite tiring as we need to repeat the Story to different age group of people. But it was fun as well. Some of the guests did not really know who was Chang Er. I feel blessed as I had the opportunity to serve with many of us in last year carnival, therefore, I have signed up for this year too! Although I do not know what I would be assigned to do this time, one thing I do know is serving together as the Body of Christ is meaningful; having the ability and able to use it is a blessing. A Simpulan Bahasa says “Sedikit-sedikit lama-lama menjadi bukit”. Maybe we can say
“You Do Little Bit, I Do Little Bit, We Make The Carnival COMPLETE”.