by Sato Misaki, 10th grade student Soka Church, Kanto District
I took part in the Kyodan’s Reformation Youth 500 event at Megumi Chalet in Karuizawa (a Christian campsite in Nagano Prefecture), Aug. 9-11. I spent a meaningful and enjoyable time, which I thought must be God’s leading.
For me, the workshops were the best part. I participated in the “worship leaders” group. There, of course, we dealt with the flow of the worship service, considering the contents of prayers, and we also delved into why prayer is really important in the first place, as we participated in developing a worship service. In the midst of that activity, we also dealt with a Bible passage—this time, the story about Jesus and Zaccheus, and we studied this passage through songs, dancing, pictures, plays and messages. While listening to these messages, I thought about how much we have in common with Zaccheus.
I attend a Christian school, but here at this event, there was a freshness in that camp environment as we shared information and ideas with the many pastors and same-age companions who were also Christians—a good environment and a rare opportunity. This was one point that made my attendance at this camp so good. While participating with my companions and the pastors, I realized that in the midst of my busy days I forget to pray; but as I am talking more to God now, it would be good to entrust my concerns to God, and it would be good to put down the burdens I am carrying. I thought that as I pray to God, I need to become more frank with God. It’s not that I am not always frank with God, but I had thought that dealing with my present thoughts and feelings, suffering with the worries that I have now by myself, was a good thing. At times, it is important to reflect on one’s worries, but I realized that confiding those things to God and talking about them with Him is also important. When reflecting on my life prior to this camp, I realized how really important this camp was for me.
In addition, while we enjoyed the abundant nature surrounding Karuizawa, we played a game of volleyball in which we were thinking of commemorating the 500th anniversary by trying to keep the volleyball up in the air for 500 volleys. Our group of about 20, which included both male and female pastors together with students from elementary school through high school, had a lot of fun. But we soon realized that we would never get up to 500, so we proceeded by counting each volley as ten. The adults were particularly intense, and we soon forgot time as we played. This was one of the activities, which also included a walk through Kyu Karuizawa, hiking, etc. In the evening, after a delicious dinner, we played such card games as “millionaire” and interacted with our companions. As new ties have been created, I am in contact with these companions even now as we celebrate one another’s birthdays and get together. While holding in my heart the sense that all things born from these ties are within God's plan, I want to continue to build up my relationship with God. (Tr. RT)
リフォーユース500を終えて 高校一年 佐藤美咲（草加教会）