After nearly two years of online catechism classes, we finally managed to have our confirmation camp physically in church on the 4th & 5th of June 2022. Prior to this camp, I did not know what to expect and was going with an open mind to learn as much as possible. Throughout the two days of our confirmation camp, we listened to individuals who shared their various testimonies regarding their Catholic faith and how they found God in their lives. My personal favourite testimony was given by Ms. Rina Joseffa who is a member of the Eagles Wing Ministry of St. Joseph’s Church Sentul.
Ms. Rina had lost her eyesight at the age of 17 years and the following years of her life were full of challenges. She went through more than what any other 17-year-old teenager could have. Despite all the trials, she never once questioned God on all these events or had her faith shaken; for she knew that God had His plans and would work wonders in His time. This testimony touched me the most because as a 17-year-old myself, sometimes it is easy to stray away and forget the importance of religion. However, Ms Rina taught me, no matter what hardships that may come my way, we should never doubt what God has planned for us.
At the end of the camp, I was very pleased with the way it was organised and how our teachers managed to fit many meaningful activities in a short span of time. These past two years have been difficult for us all; battling against the pandemic, political and economic instability, multiple lockdowns, etc. Many faiths were tested, and some may have even drifted apart. But this camp reminded me that, it is during these hard times that we must hold on to our faith stronger than ever and never stop believing. For we know that no matter how smooth or how rough the day, God is with us each step of the way.
By Leanna Lynn Morais
Photos: Teren and Andro