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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Princesses, shock jocks and our own Bali 9

Who knew that terrorists could be found in good ol' galston gorge on an HSC study camp? I'm currently (well ok not currently because I have briefly escaped and made my own prison break for the afternoon) on a Crusaders study camp with a bunch of Credo students and it has been... well, lets just say interesting...
Heaven save us from princesses and shock jocks. Nine of them have turned up (hence the Bali nine reference) and have been causing as much chaos as they could ever since finding out that they (the 5 girls anyway) weren't going to be sleeping in the same room. As we were walking up to the hall I overheard one of them say in a lovely prissy voice "Well if we don't get what we want then we'll just go home".
mmmmm, me thinks...this doesn't bode well for the rest of the week - and it didn't. So far, most of the leaders time has been spent looking for them (mostly in the bushes to see where they're smoking whatever it is that they're smoking), getting them to turn up to sessions, stop the guys going into the girls cabins - blah blah blah the list goes on. We've given some of them nicknames - twiddle dee and twiddle dumb (better than dumb and dumber), Malibu Barbie, ferret, brain cell and cry baby.
It's a bummer because the other 100 or so campers are generally all great kids - and these nine are ruining it for them. One on one they're ok - I had to take one of them to a medical centre yesterday because she got a tick (I told her this is what happens when you sneak around in the bushes!) - but put them together and it's like a group of feral, stubborn pigs.

The good side of it has been that their antics (once we got over being cranky with them) have provided some of the leaders, myself included, with a great deal of amusement! Most nights around 11, you can find about 4 of us outside their cabin (yeah, in the cold so I sit with my hot water bottle) killing ourselves laughing at them trying to be to cool for skool.

The bad/sad side... ok not so funny and here is where I'm going to ask for prayer: I was sitting in one of the talks this morning watching them as Marty was speaking about how people 'may' have done things that will separate them from God. Marty listed things like "you may have done drugs, you may have used your own body or someone else's for your own pleasure, you may have been involved in a pregnancy and done something about it to get out of an unfortunate circumstance..." And they all sat there sniggering and laughing. I just wanted to cry for them and over them.
They're kids - and they're living lives that will continue to separate them from the love of God through Christ through the rest of their lives. They're hardening their hearts to the gospel.

So, in our remaining 48hrs can I please be asking those who pray to be doing so constantly for our Bali 9? Pray that God is working His miraculous Holy Spirit to break their hearts so that they will hear something, anything that will be working in their lives.
There are also many other kids there who are asking lots of questions. I think I had forgotten how much evangelisim can be done during these weeks so please be praying that we can continue to make the most of it.
in Him
PS - real names or photos couldn't be used cos I don't want to get sued!


  • At 7:45 am, Blogger Goldy said…

    No worries. Will pray for!

  • At 9:39 am, Blogger bec said…

    i'll be praying too.

  • At 2:13 pm, Blogger Eddo said…

    I'm in..

  • At 8:05 pm, Anonymous alex said…

    me too.

    (i'm not sure you could actually get sued as australia doesn't have a privacy law... but ethically speaking, it's probably best not to name and shame.)

  • At 12:53 am, Blogger Emma said…

    Hi Jodi!

    How did you know that i had been here before?? that's too freaky for us who are new to this crazy blogging world...

    that was the day that i got an information overload from blogs - did you know luke woodhouse had a baby? i found out from his flipping blog!

    anyway, it seems our blog may be going the way of a joss whedon fan site more than anything else, though you never know... perhaps some aspects of it will be edifying!

    shout out to all you ex-CCSI's out there who have re-established good ole C@5 through your blogging!!!

    love em (who used to be maitland...)


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