Aurora York

A life changing weekend. 

My life turned around in two days and three nights. Is that even possible? Yes, it is. It all started when I got a free scholarship to go to Snow Camp in Berea, a camp in northern NH. I went through so much like fun times, sad times, and all together awesome time. But the one thing that changed me was the camp as a whole.

I am going to start by giving you a little background information. This is me. I grew up in Loudon, NH, with my mom, my dad, and my four siblings. We were a Christian Family-we still are-and by that time I had “accepted Jesus into my life.” and although I never thought about it, I don’t think I ever really had a choice. We went to church every Sunday. I went to Children’s Church, and Sunday School. I had a cute little Explorers Bible that I had tabs in. I never really thought that I wasn’t really saved until Snow Camp.

One of the very instrumental people in my snow camp experience was Sam Bhatt. A speaker who wasn’t afraid to delve into real life problems. I think that out of all the factors of snow camp, Sam was the most instrumental in snow camp. On Saturday, “The Big Message.” I definitely was not expecting what happened. After the band played their amazing music, Sam came up and started talking. After what was a really amazing message, he transitioned into a different part of the message. I can’t even try to explain it the way he said it or how it happened, so please bear with me.

He explained the gospel in a way I had never heard it before, which was pretty big because I had grown up listening to the gospel over and over and again. Not that anything was wrong with that. I just think that after a while, growing up in a church since you can remember, you need to find out what you believe in by yourself. Which is exactly what happened to me.

Sam made it seem painful. He made it so that instead of saying “Yay Jesus died for your sins.” (which is the truth) He explained flogging. He made us visualizing what Jesus went through, and he made you know that all he did was for us. It was probably the best night of my life. 

My whole perspective of the bible and God changed in that one moment. I would like to point out that I had never felt the Holy Spirit that strong in a room so full of people. It was just so amazing. I was crying and laughing at the same time. When that had died down, I couldn’t stop shaking. Looking back, I am a very different person. And I think that's a good thing.  But that wasn’t the end of it. 

In the morning, Sam then challenged us to not make this a “camp high.” Because what had happened that night was permanent. And we could not make the journey alone. So he challenged us to do the following things:

  • Pray
  • Read Your Bible
  • Get a Mentor

He then said something that really caught my attention. He said that a lot of people didn’t do the third one. So of course, in my head, I was thinking challenge accepted.

When I got back, my parents were really surprised when I told them I had really accepted Jesus into my life.  Now, I have a mentor, my prayer and bible reading are a lot better than they used to be. I have an accountable talk partner that I meet with, and I am a lot more confident in my faith. In fact, I have now shared the gospel at my school more than once to many different people. I am very proud of myself for getting closer to God, and bringing all this Glory to him.