Connecting at TeenStreet Australia
From 7-11 July, over 440 people descended on Gatton, Australia for TeenStreet. Despite the bitterly cold weather, teens gathered from all over Australia to experience how connecting with God through studying his Word and prayer could be made real by witnessing to one another and to the local community. God’s awe-inspiring presence was felt by all, as teens were challenged to be the change in the lives of others.
External speakers presented a variety of topics that were designed to help the teens learn more about how to live a Godly life in a secular world. Kate from Freedom Climb made a lasting impression as she spoke passionately about modern day slavery and how teens are a valuable resource in promoting awareness within their own communities. Freedom Climb organises events designed to raise awareness of the plight of those enslaved both in Australia and around the world. Many were surprised to learn of slavery right at their own doorstep.
The Art Zone and TeenStreet Café were very popular chill-out zones for the teens, while the Missions Hub saw teens come together to pray and write letters of encouragement for missionaries working on the field.
On Thursday, the teens were able to put everything they had learnt into practice by going out on the Hands and Feet Outreach. They practically blessed the Lockyer Valley community by going to individual homes, nursing homes, community centres and the Gatton and Laidley high streets to witness God’s love in action. From washing windows to cutting grass; singing and speaking with residents; cooking a free sausage sizzle to face painting; every young person was involved with the local community.
Through games and competitions, laughter and tears, discussion and times of silent reflection, God’s incredible love was felt. This impacted greatly not only on the lifelong friendships that were formed, but in how the teens connected during their time of outreach with the local community.