This year was no exception as people travelled from across Australia or from overseas to enjoy the beautiful bush setting at Waterslea, and the encouraging ministry from our daily meetings.
There was plenty of fun to be had as well. Swimming, canoeing, archery and of course, the essential freshly brewed, barista coffee in the morning. Followed by long conversations with friends old and new. The waterslide was a particular hit with the younger campers and an afternoon nap was a must for those of us woken up by the cicadas.
In addition to all these great activities, there was plenty of opportunity for refreshing from the Word; whether through sharing testimonies with each other or through the talks we enjoyed.
We were reminded that we are a ‘thick’ community – a community that has strong bonds and relationships and depending on each other. Living in unity through the bonds of love.
But we are also a ‘thin’ community – a community that is always open to a diverse range of people and willing to embrace strangers.
This is never more evident than at our fellowship camps. It was particularly exciting to see one grandmother and granddaughter reunited after many years when they’d been unable to meet – but now able to enjoy the love of God together once again.
Such a diverse community also has a diversity of talent. So our evenings were a great opportunity for the very young to the very not so young to entertain us with songs and skits and humour.