California Breakaway 2018
In April I once again had the great privilege of being a staff for our annual California Breakaway trip. This was the 40th year that SYFC has put on Calbreak, and I honestly believe it is such a creative, fun filled, relationship building way for God to make himself known to the youth in our province. This year we had 98 students from all over Saskatoon and Saskatchewan join us for 10 amazing days of fun as we toured around California and did every fun thing we could think of! Most of the students who come on Calbreak have no personal relationship with God, and most have never been exposed to God’s message of love and hope or have been in any kind of church context. On Calbreak it is our goal to give them the best trip of their lives, and also to expose them to God’s love and purpose for them in hopes that they might consider a relationship with Him. Because we are together with these kids 24 hours a day for 10 days, and we are engaged in such fun and adventure every day the walls come down very quickly and we are able to build real friendships and speak into the lives of these youth. Once again this year God moved in great ways in the lives of our students. This looks different for each student… there were some students who considered themselves atheists when they started Calbreak and are now willing to consider that God may be real and wants to be a part of their lives. There were other students who have heard about God before but weren’t interested in pursuing a personal relationship with Him, and because of Calbreak they were ready to make that step. Each student on the trip was amazing and had a unique story and I truly believe that God worked in each of their lives in different ways. It was such an honour to be a part of, and to get to know these students and share life with them.
Another highlight of Calbreak was that I got to bring Marlon with me. We were on the same bus and he was a part of a small group of guys lead by my co worker. Marlon has never had the opportunity to travel to the States before, and he loved every second of the trip. It was such a blessing to me to be able to share this part of my life with him and watch him have so much fun with the friends he came with and the new friends he made. God is good!