Being sure of what we hope for

OM International | Uruguay

Joy, a worker with OM Argentina in Córdoba, travelled to Uruguay at the end of January to serve as a volunteer during TeenStreet in the country’s capital, Montevideo. Upon arrival, Joy was put in charge of several 11-14-year-old girls. “I was honestly a bit frazzled after a long trip from Argentina,” she said. “Nonetheless, it was an awesome privilege to participate in TeenStreet for the first time.”

Joy got to know all of the girls in her group, but one in particular drew her attention. Fourteen-year-old Cati explained to Joy how she first heard about TeenStreet’s annual camp experience. She just happened to be visiting her previous church, which is over two hours away from her home. That Sunday, her pastors and a visiting missionary couple encouraged her to come.

Joy noticed how Cati dove head first into making friends and took advantage of the morning devotional time. TeenStreet has a daily memory verse challenge. During the service, they call students at random to the front to say the verse. They award many different prizes for those who can recite the verses. On the final night, the prize included a full scholarship for next year’s camp. Many students cannot attend camp because of finances, so this prize is greatly coveted. Cati was eager to participate in this event.

When Joy met with Cati, she was busily studying her verses. “I was encouraging her by saying that God had clearly brought her to camp for a reason and that she should think about coming back next year,” said Joy. “To which [Cati] responded, ‘Yup! I’m going to win the scholarship. I’m going to win it!’”

Joy was taken aback. “Her positivity and confidence of being randomly chosen on the most important day to recite the passage was surprising.” She knew it was unlikely that Cati’s name would be drawn.

Joy was running late to the group meeting but arrived just in time to hear the name called to recite the verse: Cati.

Needless to say, Cati recited the passage and will return next year at no cost. “I was extremely proud of her,” Joy said. “But more than that, I was amazed at her faith and determination that she would have the opportunity to win the scholarship. Like Hebrews 11:1 says, ‘Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see’” (TNIV).

Published: Thursday, 24 May 2012
Credit: OM International
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