For those of you who I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting, my name is Euan Dunn and I have been a part of the youth now for about 4 years, and I’m going on my 5th. Except for my first year in the youth, I have been to camp every summer and it’s easily one of my favorite times of the year. As many of you know, this past June, we went to Crossings and this took place at their Cedarmore campus. If I’m being honest with you, I was very hesitant about going to Crossings this year. I didn’t believe that this place was somewhere that would provide our youth group with a proper experience that would! I also wasn’t prepared to go to my first summer camp without our former Youth Pastor Matt Joiner, who is one of my mentors and one of the most powerful influences that I’ve ever had in my life. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect, my brain was just oddly wired to the point, where it was only telling me that this wouldn’t be a healthy experience. Boy was I wrong.
As soon as we arrived, I felt so welcomed and so wanted. It’s a feeling I’ll never forget, people were greeting us and praying for our week and it was so genuine. I wasn’t completely ready to swallow my pride but then we arrived at the opening night/ celebration, where I would be introduced to our speaker, Pastor John Nix. He stole my attention right off the bat with his substantial enthusiasm and passion for the gospel. The whole week, he tackled so many difficult questions and guided us through our theme for the week, which was what’s it’s like to be an outsider, and a citizen of Heaven, not the world. He inspired me to form better habits in my spiritual life and it’s really been awesome learning to enjoy all these different blessings that God has bestowed upon us, such as prayer, reading our bibles, worshiping, fellowship, all of which were highly put into practice at Crossings.
One of the many high points of each day was the time where we would come together as a Church and discuss a variety of things, from how our day was going to how God was working in us throughout the week. This allowed us to get closer as a youth group and want to spend time together outside of Fusion on Sunday Nights. It was also really awesome to see different age groups constantly mingling whether we were eating a meal, having free time, or were in our rooms in the evening.
At Crossings, I also witnessed some of the most powerful worship that I’ve ever seen. The band was so talented and they were so excited to worship which is something that the youth as a whole started to do as the week progressed. It got to the point where some people lost their voice! This will forever stand in my eyes as one of the most amazing experiences that a group of kids like us can go to. A place where we can be ourselves, feel loved, accepted, and build friendships that will last forever. Glory be to God for allowing us to be apart of Crossings 2017 and I could not be more excited for what the future holds in this youth group.
Grace & Peace,