Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain in tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith.”
For the past four years boys2Men camp has provided a way for boys in CAST communities to discover their identity and purpose in Christ. This year was no different, with a focus on discovering God’s vision.
In a survey of young men attending camp this year, CAST found that 75 percent of the boys have no father at home, and 45 percent of the boys are growing up without either of their parents at home. This lack of direction and support at home leaves the boys feeling lost and hopeless about the future.
The need for father-figures and a place to discover God’s vision is more important than ever. Boys2Men camp’s theme for this year was: “Discovering God’s vision for your life”. Boys were challenged to pursue God and His vision in the different sessions, discussion groups and quiet times at camp.
At camp, older men from Westville and other CAST communities came to disciple and mentor the boys. One of those men was Timothy, CAST’s new KwaDabeka Community Coordinator. This was Timothy’s first year at camp, but he jumped in as a group leader. He was amazed by the growth in his boys at camp, despite the many challenges. First, his group had a wide age gap, with boys ranging from Grade 6 to Matric. Second, Zulu is not Timothy’s first language, so he had to find creative ways to explain concepts and English words in the Bible. Thankfully, his group had a lot to share and showed a lot of growth from the discussion times.
One of Timothy’s group members was Nkululeko from KwaDabeka. Although Nkululeko is soft-spoken, he is always up for an adventure and camp was no different this year, with river rafting and hiking. Nkululeko is a four year camp veteran and a loyal long-term member of the CAST Youth Development Programme and basketball team. Many of the boys in the programme struggle to raise funds to attend camp, however Nkululeko managed to find someone to sponsor him at KwaDabeka Baptist Church on his own. At camp, Nkululeko was awarded a medal for being the most consistent and disciplined individual in the programme. Not surprisingly, he took a lot away from camp, and was especially challenged to have his own quiet time and read the Bible daily.
This is only one story among many others of changed lives through the impact of boys2Men camp. Every year camp challenges boys to become men through leading in their families and communities. CAST would like to thank everyone who sponsored a boy or volunteered their time at camp. Your donation made an eternal impact by allowing boys in CAST’s Youth Development Programme to deepen their relationship with Christ and discover God’s vision for their life.
Here are some reflections from others who attended camp:
Tukiso Nketsa (Participant): You know in life we need to grow physically, mentally and in spirit.. For 20 years my physical body has grown. But in this camp I saw that my mental and spiritual me hasn’t grown enough… Thank God I saw that. Thanks for giving me that chance .. my life has a direction now.
Sam Lindah (Participant): I have a different picture about the world now. . . it is full of joy and the mindset of changing the world #Cross=>3
Simphiwe Mbeje (Leader): If we have boys who love God so much we are guaranteed to have a better South Africa with real men.