Karena Bekkum

Karena-BekkumAbout a month ago, I had the opportunity to go to Challenge (an EFCA Youth Conference), as a graduated senior. This was the third time I had attended the Challenge Youth Conference, and being the only graduate and oldest student, I wanted to be an example and provide support to the younger students. Instead, I found God breaking me down and working in my heart.

Two of the days we were there we did service projects in the city. For the first project we went to a low income community where we did a prayer walk. There was a lot going on around us and some of it was hard to see and be around. I felt very uncomfortable at first, but as I walked and prayed for the people around me in the community to experience Christ, I felt at peace.

For our second service project we cleaned, did yard work, and other jobs at a women’s shelter. My experience working in these two areas was extremely eye opening and humbling for me. I discovered just how powerful prayer is. The experience also made me want to do so much more for them and for the people in my own community.

During my week at Challenge, I felt led to share my testimony. I was able to share it the morning of my birthday, which made it even more meaningful for me. Sharing my testimony for the first time, allowed me to open my heart to others and build on my relationship with Christ.

challenge2014studentsOne of the speakers, Reid Kapple, said something that really impacted me. “The heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart. If we don’t have a big enough view of sin, we don’t have a big enough view of God.”  Since Challenge, I have had many opportunities for fellowship with other students and the opportunity to dig deeper into God’s word. I have also felt God’s leading more in my life.  I can’t wait to see what else God has in store for the future.