This summer 80 youth
participated in the national Katzir-Harvest teen camp and conference. At
times some of us on the staff can't help but observe these teenagers
and think that they are still so young - too young - and that they still
have so much to learn in life ...
In spite of what we think or know, God has special plans for each and
every one of them. They only need a safe place where they can get
emptied of themselves and full of the infinite love of God, and that is
what we try to create at the Katzir conferences.
During the latest conference there was a wonderful opportunity for the
teens to open their hearts in small groups. We encouraged them to
discover who they are in truth - beyond the image others may have of
them, or that they may be projecting - and to recognize what is truly
happening in their lives. In these discussions, God began working and
touching them in their open-ness. Their hearts were so changed that in
one of the evening meetings 23 teens came up front to receive Yeshua!
Afterward, that which the teens received, they also gave. The theme of
the conference was, "Freely you have received, freely give." In
the spirit of this command, we went out onto the main streets of Tel Aviv
to share the Good News. There were amazing testimonies about strangers
being willing to not only listen, but also receive prayer and blessing
from these teens, right there in public!
At times it seems to us that teens don't "get it", yet we are
witness to the way that God's spirit is expanding and transforming
them from the inside out. The Katzir team loves to work with and serve
these teenagers because we know they are in the process of becoming the
ones who will soon enough teach, evangelize, be sent out, and pastor -
because God has a plan for each and every one of them!