Our First Westpoint
Westpoint 2019 was our family’s first Westpoint together, and what an amazing week it was. Being new to Good News Church, we went with the intention to connect more with our new church family, as well as spending time in worship, teaching and prayer. Not only did we encounter God throughout the week, we returned home feeling like we had strengthened friendships and begun new ones. And the weather was great!
We wanted to share with you our reflections and highlights of Westpoint 2019.
There is something special when a bunch of people spend a week together camping, whether in tents (the hardcore) or caravans (the not so hardcore). King David got it right when he wrote:
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for the brethren to dwell together in unity…for there the LORD commanded the blessing – life forevermore” (Psalms 133:1-3, NKJV).
We think everyone came away from Westpoint blessed by God in one way or another. As the Bible says, the blessing has already been commanded – it was the unity together that released it!
Every morning, as we emerged, we emerged together. We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner around one another, and we spent the evenings laughing and encouraging each other. A special mention to the youth and their impressive array of retro dance moves! It was in the doing life together that we grew together as family.
For us, we were blessed to see how willing people were to help us look after our young son, play with him, invite us over to their tents (or caravans) to chat, and include our family in volleyball, football and other activities. We won’t say too much about the Bucking Broncho! All the men thought they were doing well until an 11 year old girl beat our scores on her first attempt! As new members to the church we felt very welcomed as part of the church family and we were blessed to see the servant-heartedness that people demonstrated to each other. Jesus demonstrated love by serving His people and what we saw was the love of Christ shining through people’s willingness to help each other.
Throughout the week Westpoint offered a huge variety of different seminars, workshops and activity based sessions for all ages. Everything from how to journal biblically, encourage and develop passions and spiritual giftings in God’s people and how to race ferrets. Yes, there was ferret racing. And as mad as that sounds it offered a week full of experiences and input for every member of the family.
Twice a day, in the morning and evening, there were main meetings, with worship, prayer and teaching. We felt God speaking a message of grace and empowerment throughout the week that can be captured in the story of when God calls Moses from the Burning Bush to set His people free. When Moses looked at himself and saw his limitations, hang-ups, past sin and failing he asks God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt” God’s answer to Moses reminds us that God isn’t worried about our past or the limitations we see in ourselves because He is bigger. He answers Moses with “But I will be with you…(Exodus 3:11-12, ESV). It was a reminder to us that God can use any of us, no matter what we see, think or feel about ourselves because the most important thing to God is that He is with us. When He is with us, then all things are possible, because He is God and to Him nothing is impossible. It is in being obedient to God and trusting Him that we can come to realise that God can move through us in miraculous ways. It’s not about is, it’s about Christ in us!
We can’t wait for next year’s Connect Festival 2020!
— Written by Aaron and Lou Lindon