Performing Arts Camp had a record number of campers this year, with young people from all over Victoria coming together for a week of Christ, creativity, and community, says camp coordinator, Lizzy.
“Jesus was a storyteller, and he created us to be creative. We’re honouring God by practising the talents he’s given us, while exploring who he is. It’s a wonderful space to do ministry,” she says.
Campers could elect from Music, Dance, or Drama streams, with the aim to empower their creativity, says co-director Ben. “It’s an opportunity to foster a bold, creative spirit amongst kids who love expressing themselves, while learning to be ambassadors for Jesus in the way God has gifted them.”
This opportunity was especially important for one camper, Isla* who was able to attend thanks to a sponsorship secured by their SU chaplain’s church.
“I really felt for her,” says chaplain Tessa, who has been working with the student’s family.
After securing half the funding from SU, Tessa connected with her church to help raise the rest. “Within 10 minutes I had the full amount.”
Isla loved music, but had never experienced anything about Jesus.
On the final night, when the question ‘What have I learnt about myself on camp?’ came up, she said “Jesus loves me, and I am strong and have many talents.”
Thanks to the generous support of people like you, Isla was also given her very first Bible on camp.
*Name has been changed to protect privacy.