First of I would like to thank St. Joseph's for all the 'wheat' all the candidates received and the support you gave us on our first time at TEC.
I would also like to thank Ms. Brown for sponsoring me. It's because of her I was able to enjoy this inspirational journey.
This is my experience at TEC #44.
When I first heard about Teens Encounter Christ (TEC), to be honest, I really didn't want to go. I thought it would be BORING and NO FUN especially since we weren't allowed to bring any electronics. Imagine going somewhere that you had never been and don't know anyone.
I had never been away from home before and never went to a camp. But after hearing about CAMP DE WOLFE, I thought I would give it a chance. On the ride up, me being the only girl, I rode with the ladies, there were some jokes in the car, some helpful advice and very comforting well wishes.
When we got there I was very nervous not knowing anyone, but then I met Lorraine; she helped me get settled into my cabin where I noticed that 3-4 other name tags were on the beds which meant some girls had already arrived; she also introduced me to the other campers when we walked back to the main Hall. That is where I met Gabi and Tyler. Gabi and I became instant friends once we realized that we were cabin mates. We always sat together, went down to the church, the cabin, and the shower house together. We were even each other check list.
There were lots more friends I made in the Cabin -- Eboni, Nichola, and Steph and our House Mother OG. Tyler and I became friends also because we were table buddies at the best livliest table there was, TABLE 5. Another reason we all loved TEC was the games we played; like the one when they lied and told us that they didn't have enough toilet paper, or the silent dinner we had while tied together (communicating with only sounds and hand signs). But what amazed everyone is that we were all sitting there laughing like we knew each for years.
Even though TEC was fun there were some things we all didn't like. Like waking up before dawn and going to church in our pjs; and the fact that it was FREEZING over by the seaside.
But the thing that over looked all the events at TEC #44 was the new connection we made with Christ, our new found faith, stronger beliefs and the realization of how lucky we are to have Christ in our life. I would love to share what made our faith strong or what where the reasons but, I cant because "What happens in TEC stays in TEC". Let's just say that people go through, a life of not really knowing who Christ is; what he has done for us and why we must praise and thank him. We must live the lifestyle he wants us to live to be better people and going after selfish goals are not better than going after the goals of the Lord.
From waking up before the sun, going to chapel three times a day, singing so much that Adele would be put out of business . There was also a lot of prayer time when I realized the answers to these questions; and without hesitation I accepted the answers and everyday I apply them to my life.
TEC #44 has had a very huge impact on my life and I am glad to say that I was a part of TEC#44, met new people and embraced our motto "FEED MY SHEEP."