In 1985, eight Cedar Falls students set out on Cedar Falls’ very first Caravan. Since then, thousands of students and adult volunteers have traveled to destinations including New York City, Toronto, Atlanta, and the Great Lakes.
This year, Caravan17 joined Rocky Mountain High; a youth conference held every three years at the YMCA camp in Estes Park, Colorado by the Synod of the Heartland Reformed Churches. A group of 111 students and 24 leaders departed from Orchard Hill on July 21 to join 3,200 other students from across the Midwest.
“Hearts were touched. Lives were forever changed,” said Elliot Tension, BIGhouse Ministry Leader. “ High School students encountered and experienced Jesus and we could not of done it without all of your prayers and support.”
Rocky Mountain High is a 4 day youth conference featuring guest speakers, energizing worship, small groups and fun activities during the day. After Rocky Mountain High, Caravan17 stayed in at the YMCA Camp through Thursday taking the time to debrief what they experience at the conference. The night sessions included acoustic worship and leader testimonies.
Last Friday, Caravan17 left for Denver where the closing session was at Southeast Christian Church. They spent Saturday at a Waterpark or shopping before heading for home, traveling through the night to arrive for the return service last Sunday at Nazareth Lutheran Church.
“Jesus was in the business of changing lives this week,” continued Tensen. “After the trip, I received this text from a student: This trip was life changing for me and everyone around me. Before the trip I was in a low point in my faith but after being pressured into going on caravan, my faith has never been stronger and I feel refreshed."