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Europe Trip 2011: Andrew In The Youth Zone

In a zone not his own...Andrew jumps into the craziness of the Youth Zone. (Click to enlarge)The minute Andrew walked in the room he knew he was in trouble. The place was too dark, and decorated with a hodge-podge of party lunacy. The music was pounding with too much bass for his seasoned ears. And a young man with spiky hair came rushing up to him with a clipboard and a plan for him to be on the receiving end of some good natured teasing. They call it the Youth Zone.

It was all in good fun—but you could tell that Andrew was going to be taken places he had never been before. This would be a way for the teenagers at the Grace & Faith Family Camp to feel like they had brought Andrew onto their turf.

Andrew was forced to lead praise and worship singing, Oh, Happy Day. (Click to enlarge)The idea here was to make Andrew paint the spiky-haired guy’s face while blindfolded. (Click to enlarge)Andrew proved that football in America is nothing like football in Europe. And his ever-present cowboy boots did nothing to help his aim. (Click)Here, Andrew was forced to ride piggyback on the spiky-haired guy, whose face he had just painted. (Click to enlarge)David Hardesty triumphs over Andrew in a contest to see who could quote the most scripture with the most marshmallows in his mouth. (Click to enlarge)David beat Andrew in a contest to see who could make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich using only a plastic knife held in the mouth. (Click to enlarge)

Standing up under persecution: In this part of the program, it seems that Andrew had the teens in the Youth Zone on his turf. (Click to enlarge)After the fun, things turned more serious. The teens asked Andrew how they could stand up to the persecution they were suffering from their peers. Andrew shared several stories from his life, including his time in military boot camp in the 1960s, where he was made a laughing stock by the drill sergeant. In spite of it, he gave a witness for Christ to every member in his barracks. Later a race riot broke out among the soldiers within the barracks, resulting in the death of two servicemen and the hospitalization of many others—when the mob turned its attention to Andrew, the leader inexplicably protected him. Andrew was the only white man left unharmed. It seems that being a witness for Christ can have unexpected benefits even in the face of persistent persecution.

As the Grace & Faith Family Camp came to an end it was noted that 1500 had attended. Another peak crowd of more than 4,000 had followed on the live stream. Once again, lives were changed and stories of God’s transforming power were begun in the lives of many who attended. Next year the event moves to the Telford Convention Centre. Surely this location will evoke a proper solemnity to the Family Camp, and there will not be a repeat of the Youth Zone insanity. (But don’t count on it.)

For now, we’re on to CBC Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Gospel Truth Seminar.

Filed Thursday, June 2, 2011 from England by AWM Media Manager, Stephen Bransford.