After a smooth 26-hour journey, Jessyka and Kiefer arrived in Perth, Western Australia (WA), ready to drive on the left side of the road and to present five evening messages and three morning worships.
"Coming from a Conference with six different camp meetings, we weren't quite sure what to expect," said Kiefer, "it was really cool to see members in the WA Conference drive as far as 18 hours to attend the marquee event of the year -- Easter Camp!
With more than 3,000 in attendance and more than 350 young adults in the Youth Shed, the WA Easter Camp is truly a beloved event. Jessyka's evening messages, centered around the theme "Tribe," encouraged the audience to build communities modeled after the example of Jesus. At the morning worship cafe, an experience crafted by the Kulikup Church, Kiefer presented short thoughts and curriculum designed to engage the audience more deeply into the ideas presented by Jessyka.
Over the course of the five-day camp, Jessyka and Kiefer developed close relationships with a core of young adults and youth leaders in the WA Conference. "We're very excited to see where these relationships lead," Kiefer noted. "We anticipate that we'll have five or six GVR camp staff in 2020 from the WA Conference, and potentially made connections for the year-long Youth Internship program that we'll be launching in the RMC soon."
At the fifth and final presentation, led by the Holy Spirit, Pastor Jessyka engaged the Youth Shed leadership team in a communion service in celebration of Jesus and the community that He created for us. The special moment deeply impacted the leaders and audience alike and was a capstone to the Easter Camp experience.
When asked about the trip, Jessyka commented, "It was incredible to fly half-way across the world and still feel so connected. The Western Australia Conference welcomed us with open arms and we loved getting to know the young adults, pastors, and church leadership. Kiefer and I returned to Denver exhausted and a little roughed up from Customs and Homeland Security, but energized in our hearts and minds."
-- Jessyka and Kiefer Dooley; photo supplied