Every summer, for 16 years of my life, I’ve headed up to Tywyn in North Wales with my family, to spend a week camping in the middle of a field.
For seven of those years, I’ve had the blessing and the privilege of being a camper on CCIW (Christian Camps in Wales), a Christian organisation providing camps under canvas for 6 weeks every summer.
In those years, I’ve experienced things I never thought I’d experience; met my best friends; and more importantly become closer to my Saviour Jesus and learnt more of his amazing grace and love offered to all who come to him. CCIW has taught me that there is so much that I can offer to the world through Jesus.
Every year, that one week in Brynglas Farm field has been the joy that keeps me going through school and everyday life. It brings so much encouragement. I have been taught to stand up for Jesus and show the world what his love does for me and for all of creation.
Never in my life would I have thought I’d be able to gully-bash and kayak, to chase officers round Barmouth dressed as Darth Vadar, or even watch the stars as I sleep. These will be memories for a lifetime.
I have been able to meet some amazing people, who know the joy of having Jesus as their Saviour. The officers on camp have been such good role models for my Christian life and I thoroughly thank God and them for their ministry and encouragement.
I have seen this ministry work wonders, not only in my life, but in hundreds of other children who have gone through the camps. God has used CCIW as a wonderful gateway for the lost to be found by Jesus.
I’ve had the privilege of having a Bible study while watching the sun set across the mountains, and having prayer meetings while the rain and winds beat against our tent. I’ve dived off rocks, gully-bashed, swam, kayaked in Broadwater, eaten doughnuts in Barmouth, played volleyball till my hands hurt, sunbathed, sang hymns round a campfire, prayed in more tents than imaginable, and come to know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. I’ve been given the chance to create friendships with fellow Christians that I know will last into eternity.
I have just finished my final year as a camper, but next year I plan to join the cooks’ team, and in a few years’ time become an officer and teach and encourage other children.
It has been a wonderful experience, privilege and encouragement to be a camper on CCIW, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I highly recommend these camps for anyone who doesn’t mind a bit of rain, but most of all wants to know more about Jesus Christ.
Through the sermons and Bible studies, you’ll come to understand more of what our Saviour did on the cross because of his never-ending love for you. If you want to learn more, or sign up for a camp, go to www.cciw.co.uk