What is it?
Newday is a major youth event, a summer camp, aimed at young people between the ages of 10 and 18, that takes place in the heart of Norfolk, with thousands of young people over about 6 days.
It’s very easy to succumb to the pressure of thinking that we have to have large numbers of young people to make anything “worth doing”. Even this week at Newday someone asked “What is the lowest number of people you would do this for?”
This year was our smallest camp in the 9 years of attending Newday. As usual we teamed up with Identity Youth Project and took 7 young people under 18 plus 8 delegates who are over 18. Sadly we had to say goodbye to Julyan on Tuesday as she felt unwell so there were 18 of us camping. Many arrived having had difficult situations to deal with since we were all together last Newday; or with burdens of low self-worth and guilt for things that had been spoken over them for months by the enemy via other people and had resulted in a real sense of being unfulfilled and doubting who we are in Christ.
As we were planning this year, the overwhelming expectation was that God in His infinite kindness was going to bless these young people with a knowledge deep in their “core” of His love for them and to bring freedom from their burdens of unworthiness and religiosity. For those of you who attended the prayer meetings back here in Gt Yarmouth you will know that this was the crux of our prayer requests from the site during the week. Thank you for standing with us during the week.
- “I am now confident in who I am and won’t shy away from the darkness but will stand in Jesus and be different from the people around me”
- “After listening to Francis Chan talk about God on Wednesday night I was afraid of Him but this morning at the talk on Galatians I understood how I can love Him as a father and fear Him at the same time”
- “It always felt to me that Christians are in the minority and a bit like we should be pitied because so often we’re made fun of, but after Livvy’s talk last night I know that’s not true – I can still be different and stand confident in our differences from the world”
- “I came to Newday really struggling to like myself but I am learning this week how to see myself as He sees me and how proud He is of me”
- “Psalm 91 v 4 has been shared this week about 5 times from different places “He will cover you with his feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” I have been really struggling with life recently for a number of reasons but I now know that He will cover me with his feathers and I will find refuge under His wings.
- Since Livvy’s talk I have been evaluating if I am fearless. I don’t think I am but I am going to be from now on!”
- “I have been really cautious about trusting God lately but in the session Psalm 18 v 31 really spoke to me about who/what is my rock “Who is God besides the Lord and who is the Rock except our God?”
- “I have been fearful but now I can be fearless because “I am a child of God” from the song “No longer slaves” has shown me my identity; NOT what anyone else says about me”
We listened to a short “YouTube” clip as part of our morning reflections, click here to listen
- “The phrase “because He loves you, because He loves you, because He loves you” was repeated in the sessions today and it has really stuck with me after we also heard it in our Prayer ‘n’ Share times this week”
- “The “How can we be Christians in a culture obsessed with sex” session was really helpful to me – we have to put a flag in the ground and not go past it. So what, if people laugh at me, God is pleased when I am a fearless warrior”
- “The talks on Galatians have shown me that we are actually free in Christ – there is no condemnation”
- “The talk last night about Daniel’s friends being in the fire made me think “Oh no I’ve got to struggle through the fire” but then the song No Longer Slaves has the words “You split the sea so I could walk right through it…….” and I knew then that I just need to GO and keep our eyes fixed on the truth like they did in the red sea and not focus on the “fire”
Three people from our site were healed on the Thursday evening when we were prayed or in the big top: One of us has had tenosynovitis in her wrist for years but is now 70% free of pain; a person who had fallen down stairs a few days before coming on camp had extreme pain when sitting down but now is completely pain free; one of the delegates has had a very painful hip condition for many years but after being prayed for now has no more pain and Ali’s hand was extremely painful and swollen for the whole week until the prayer for healing, when God healed her enough to continue the week with significantly reduced swelling and pain.
In addition to all that God has shown them through the sessions, the one-to-one conversations back at the marquee base camp have also enabled them to be honest and open about their struggles and pray through them on an individual level, bring freedom and breaking the chains of fear, unforgiveness, resentment and hurts. So, after seeing how our amazing, infinitely unchangeable, stunning God is working in the hearts of the young people, how He is strengthening them, equipping them, loving and blessing them, the answer to the question “What is the lowest number of people you would do this for?” is probably 1!
Thank you to everyone who supported us financially and prayerfully, who lent us equipment and have donated tents over the years. Thanks also to Ruth and Dan Witheridge for their revitalising energy on the last day as they came over to Norwich to help pack down the tents/site and also unloaded the van back at Yarmouth. Please continue to pray for those who were there – that they will continue in the closeness of their relationship with the Father and will get plugged into groups and opportunities to go deeper into Him with other Christians.