Day 1 of Mannekamp 2015

It was with great excitement that Jan, Gerhardus, Chris and myself left for the annual men’s camp hosted by Bethany Baptist Church of Pretoria. The theme for this weekend is “Prayer.”

After a quite uneventful three and a half hour drive, we finally arrived. Many thanks to Jan for some mad driving skills…

I can honestly say that, compared to last year, the weather is quite pleasant. Last year felt like “Arctic Adventures in the Bush” and considering that I had a six week bout with laringitis then, I am quite happy to walk around in a short sleeve shirt!

Anyhoo…. A huge highlight for all of us is the food that gets served during these weekends. I can, with full confidence, say that I can sleep happy tonight. T-Bone, Chicken wings, roast potato, and a salad. Needless to say, we’re all very happy campers (pun intended).

Of course, all of this would be meaningless if not for the One in Whose Name We came together.

Following some awesome singing with all the men, we broke up into smaller groups to discuss the first portion of the Lord’s prayer:

“Our Father Who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy Name…”

What does it mean to call God, Father? How do you relate to Him as your Father?

Where is the reverance and the awe that is due to His Holy Name?

These are only some of the questions that came up, and these are the questions that I find myself wrestling with.

It is way past my bed time already, but I’ll leave you with the words of a famous song.

What a Friend we have in Jesus

All our sins and grieves to bear

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer.

Oh what peace we often forfeit

Oh what needless pain we bear

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer

What a Friend we have in Jesus indeed.

In His service

-George

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