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Mt. Longonot! Here We Come!
A five day's Rites of Passage Experiences (ROPEs) camp took place for the sixth year at Mt. Longonot National Park from November 20th to 24th 2017. Twenty six teenagers comprising of 13 girls and 13 boys accompanied by 8 counselors participated. Day one started with a seven hour walk after the van drop off at Mai Mahiu shopping center. At the camp, the teenagers had an opportunity to pitch their own tents, jog with intense workout, practice daily devotion and personal reflection. The Counselors taught the teen’s lessons grouped into two genders ranging from; Marks of Childhood & Adulthood, responsibilities, naweza (I can do it), bad for a season but not forever, sexual purity & high school life, community service as well as making right decisions among others as they transition to high school in 2018. All Ropers were given a piece of paper to write down all the negative behaviors they struggle with and burnt them as a sign of letting go of the past. The teens had an experiential time hiking Mt. Longonot, 12 hour prayer and fasting and also cooking. Boys had an experience with the help of men counselors to slaughter a goat while girls slaughtered chickens with the assistance of Idda Atieno, a parent that came on the last night of the camp. Other entertaining activities comprised of team building, bonfire, skits and comics prepared by the teens in their individual groups. On some nights, Hyenas visited the camping grounds in search of food while Buffaloes grazed near the camp. This trained the campers to co-exist with the scaring friends and confidence to face life with a positive attitude despite challenges in life. There was celebration in heaven as three teens gave their lives to Christ; John Munyao, Ian Willis and Merila Anyango just before the hiking experience. On the last day, Pastor Fredrick Mmbwanga, one of the counselors encouraged the teens in the word of God from Ephesians 6:14-17. Fredrick advised the teens to stand firm in the Lord no matter the challenges in life. “You have conquered the mountain therefore focus and trust in Jesus throughout your life”, Fredrick counseled. Afterwards, Fredrick led the teens in a prayer of commissioning and the celebration. There was excitement as the girls were given a surprise gift of lesso and boys a maasai belt. CCP fraternity would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents and CCP ROPEs counselors for making 2017 ROPEs camp a success. We give God all the glory for divine provision and protection during the camp. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018.
Personal devotion
Tent Pitching & ready for use
Girls having a good time with their female counselors
Boys preparing supper
The boys listening attentively
Girls preparing chicken for suppper
Pastor Fredrick, commissioning the Ropers
A group photo of girls showcasing their gifts
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