Brother Philip G & Brother Tim G
17-Feb-11 11:03 AM Category: Winter Camp 2011
Brother Philip G’s Testimony:
First of all I'd like to thank all the people involved in streaming. Not being able to cross the border at this time, my wife and I were so appreciative of having all the sermons streamed! I borrowed a projector from school and we projected all the services onto our wall at home. We were rejoicing with everyone else, and each message seemed to get better and better somehow. We said to each other a few times, "How can it be getting better each time?!" It just seemed like God was really working up to something amazing and Saturday night was so amazing for us.
We were able to see some of my students and others we had been praying for rejoicing and praising openly and unashamed. Matthew had really been on my heart because it looked like he wasn't getting anything out of the services even though others were. During that Saturday night, the camera zoomed in on Matthew and he was crouching forward on his seat with his head down and his arms on the chair in front of him. His arm was flexed in a fist, shaking with the struggle inside. Different ones came and prayed for him. The camera moved to somewhere else, and a little while later when it had moved back, there was Matthew praising God with both hands up shouting, "I'm free, I'm free!" That choked me right up. I felt so moved. I nudged Katie, who was worshiping, and said, "Look, there's Elie! Oren's beside him, and Jonathan Frey. There's Josh Rivas, and THAT's Matthew!" It was an amazing, amazing night I will not forget, and they will not forget.
As a teacher at Bibleway Christian Academy, I get to spend a lot of time with a lot of the young people who went to camp, and I can testify that all week their conversations have been about camp, their experiences they had, and how God had spoken to them, like with romance novels and worldly music. Even when conversations started to go in another direction, they very often would go right back to camp. They are affected. I pray that this experience will just carry right on and be a huge stepping stone and anchor to each one, including myself.
Brother Tim’s Testimony:
At the start of the eruption on Saturday night, I felt prompted to run some laps in the sanctuary. But I fought it and fought it. Then, I think Brother John Andes mentioned something about Jericho or a victory march and I felt even more to go. But I still fought it. Then I caught this thought, "If you don't go, someone else is going to." Almost right away, John Kerr, sitting right beside me got lost in praise, stepped a few steps sideways and continued to wander aimlessly in the aisle there, basically making a way free for me to go. Praise the Lord! :)
Well, I couldn't turn down something that obvious, so I ran up to the front and raised my hands and started to pray. I was still fighting the urge. Brother Tom Rae approached me and said, "Tim, you came up here for a reason." I said, "I don't know, I just felt like I should and then John moved out of the way." I don't remember what he said next, but he began to pray with me. Well, I stayed up at the front and praised the Lord, but I never did run the laps. I found out later that Brother Joseph Hildebrandt had. So I'm glad it was done, but next time, the Lord willing, I won't let someone else steal my opportunity. :) Oh, actually, I did run one lap, but next time I'll go all the way by God's grace.
Encouraging was the fact that Brother Kidri's opening scripture was the same scripture Brother Tom prayed over me, Romans 8:14-15:
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”