One of my very favorite times of year is Youth camp with our church. Faithweek is very hard to put into words exactly what it means to me. I’ve worked with teenagers for years, I’ve watched them grow and succeed. And I’ve watched them fail miserably. But with each new set of teenagers that comes to Faithweek, I have hope. They leave their entire life behind them (along with their cell phones and facebook) and completely submerse themselves into growing their relationship with God. Faithweek is different than teaching them Sunday to Sunday at church, it’s 24-7 for that one week. It’s putting my own life on hold, it’s a sacrifice of a weeks’ worth of pay (some years for both Mike and I), time with my own family, and my own comforts…..and watching these teenagers mature spiritually. Some years have been really hard, and some years have been simply life changing, but every year it brings a smile to my face (and ibuprofen to my system HAAA!) to see the girls pile into the dorm, full of laughter, a little apprehension, and an expectation of meeting Christ in a whole new way!
This particular photo was taken on our last night of Faithweek 2010. It was a very emotional night for the entire cabin. It was our “safe zone” for anything to be confessed and for most of these girls, their deepest darkest secrets revealed for the first time in a safe place. It was a time to reveal hidden sins that have kept us back in life. We had no idea how the night would transpire, but for the cabin as a whole, it changed our lives. It gave us accountability with each other to continue our closer relationship with God, and it gave us relief to know that we weren’t alone. We all struggle and we all have sinned (Romans 3:23) but we all have hope (Romans 5:6).
This week’s theme at I ♥ Faces is “A slice of life”, aka: photojournalism, aka: lifestyle photography. I love this type of photography! Unplanned…unrehearsed, unposed…..simply life as it happens. The girls in this photo are all over the place in their emotions and posture, one reason why I love it so much.