To know that there is a family around to reassure and help us in every way they can within a larger community truly excites me as I know they will journey with me
With the reminder of how great God’s love is, I write this in hope of Him knowing how grateful I am for Him. Writing this testimony is not something I would have ever seen myself taking the courage to do, but this was my experience at FOC 2016.
FOC 2016 was my first of the few camps I decided to participate in uni and my first true Catholic camp experience. I was excited to know more about God through this camp – but with excitement, also came fear about many things (ie. Not being able to socialise, share much about what I knew about God).
Coming from a small church community, I had not imagined the level of comfort and inclusion we would have during this camp. I shared with my group that with God’s guidance and grace during the tough year of 2015 – which was emotionally draining for my family and I – we overcame our trials. Through the sharing from each individual during various sessions, I could really feel God’s presence amongst us. Each one of my group mates was like a little ray of sunshine – a ray of Hope, reaffirming others and letting themselves be reaffirmed that God is always present.Listening to my group really inspires me to love and to praise Him even more.
A sight that I seldom ever saw was the Eucharist displayed in the monstrance. During adoration, I could not stop looking at Jesus and the beauty of His body. The sight of it was so beautiful, that is seemed as if His heart was glowing and beating in front of us. It was truly a heart-warming experience having Jesus open up in arms and embracing me, as I allowed myself to open my heart to Him.
Through the FOC, I have also encountered God through the people around me – especially the seniors who guided us along the way and facilitated each activity. Not only have they inspired me to serve God in my own ways, but also taught me the various ways to express my love for Him. To know that there is a family around to reassure and help us in every way they can within a larger community truly excites me as I know they will journey with me. It also reminds me that God is with us at all times.