"Save My Soul - SMS Sent" was the theme of our TNT annual training camp from 2-6 December at St. Hilda's Secondary School. 108 campers got to learn about world vision and God's salvation plan for all. Our teens also had the opportunity to learn how to share the gospel using The Bridge Illustration with their pre-believing friends in the camp.
Darren Cheah, one of the team leaders, had the privilege of sharing the gospel with one of his teammates, Travis, and leading him to Christ in the camp.
Here is Darren's joyful testimony of his experience in leading Travis to Christ.
Navteens annual training camps have always been meaningful to me. Ever since I went for the first camp in 2009, it has always been an exciting, meaningful and a fun-filled experience for me. However this year’s navteeens camp really left a deep impression on me. If I were to take home one main point from camp, it would be just like what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:6-7: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything but God who causes the growth. It means that as Christians, we have the duty to spread the word and tell others about the good news, but we don’t have the power to ultimately bring someone to Christ. All we can do is plant seeds, and once those seeds are planted, God is the one that causes them to grow. And that is exactly what I experienced first-hand during the camp.
I was the male team leader and Travis was in my team. He is a playful guy who loves having fun. He is also very smart. When Aletheia, the female team leader, first shared the bridge to life illustration, Travis asked lots of questions but did not want to accept Christ then. He did not want to say why then. The following day during team time, I told my team to revise their bridge to life with each other while I shared it again personally with Travis. I got Chris, a labourer, to sit in with us. After sharing, Travis told me that he understood what was going to happen if he didn’t cross the bridge and I asked him if there anything that was holding him back. He told me that he doesn’t believe what was written in the bible; all the miracles Jesus had performed all the things God did. He could not believe all that was real unless he experienced it himself and proven otherwise. Perhaps, he would believe in Christ then. Chris then told Travis to issue a challenge to God and see what happens. Travis then said if God would grant his volleyball team a victory match against the Japanese volleyball team next week, he would perhaps then consider.
However, later that night, as we were washing up and going to sleep, Travis called me aside and asked to talk to me alone. After finding a quiet spot, Travis told me he wanted to accept Christ because God had answered his prayer! He told me his phone was giving him problems – shutting down and restarting every hour and he had issued a challenged to God to solve that problem, at least for the whole of that day. I asked him how his phone was and he showed me – the phone was still on since that morning and lagged free! Immediately I heard a voice in my head telling me,” to strike while the iron is hot!”, and I immediately said the sinner’s prayer with him. I remembered I felt immense joy after the prayer with Travis!
This experience had made me realised how powerful and wonderful God is and how God can work in our lives and the lives of others. As long as we have the knowledge of scripture and we are willing to share that with others, we are doing the work of God and we are making an impact! I really appreciate that I got to learn the bridge to life illustration at camp. It is a very simple and easy way to reach out to the pre believers and help plant a seed in them. Lastly, I do believe that if God can work through me, I am definitely sure that he can and will work through anyone who is willing.