Summer Camps Inspire Hope and Fun for Lebanese Youth

This summer, Youth for Christ Lebanon hosted two unique camps, one for Middle Schoolers and another for High Schoolers. As many as 142 enthusiastic teens attended. The central theme of these camps was “Ta3 Nehlam,” which translates to “Come on, Let’s Dream.” In a time when many young people in Lebanon have lost touch with their dreams, these camps served as a beacon of hope. The country’s severe economic crisis has left them feeling despondent and disillusioned, leading some to question their faith in God’s sovereignty.

Throughout this year’s camps, the mission was clear: to address their questions, restore their belief in the power of dreams, and show them that even in uncertain times, joy can be found. Drawing inspiration from the story of Joseph, leaders reassured these young minds that just as Joseph found good in unfortunate circumstances, they too can navigate the challenges they face and emerge stronger, regardless of the ill intentions of others.

But, of course, it wasn’t all about serious conversations and life lessons. The YFC camps are known for their unique and spontaneous brand of fun. Picture this: participants wearing smashed watermelons as impromptu helmets and frolicking in pools filled with mystery goo. These are just a couple of snapshots from the delightfully messy games that left everyone in fits of laughter.

“My Story” evenings were also a hit among the teens. These special moments provided a more intimate setting for acoustic worship and prayer sessions with dedicated staff and volunteers. It was during these gatherings that the teens could connect on a deeper level, share their personal stories, and find solace in the company of those who genuinely care about their well-being.

The summer camps were more than just an escape from the harsh realities facing Lebanon’s youth. They were a source of inspiration, hope, and a reminder that dreams can still be nurtured in the face of adversity. As camps came to a conclusion, the smiles on the faces of these young dreamers were a testament to the power of faith, community, and, of course, a good splash of messy fun.