Wednesday 9 August
Beth Hamil brings you some of her experiences during Wednesday at New Horizon.
Once again, as each previous morning, the media team began their day by meeting outside for devotions. The night before, most of us were ourselves at the Giant’s Causeway until the early hours of the morning. We were all exhausted and the sleepy silence reflected this. We sat in a circle while Andrew carried out his morning devotions, as the sun lit up the ground and our hearts lit up for God. After Andrew had finished, we separated into smaller groups to pray that God would encourage and uplift us throughout the day.
Straight after, I found myself back in the media hut to begin the task of writing. I could hear the muffled sound of the morning service taking place inside the tent. The early morning sun was shining through the window. Everyone around me got ready to start their jobs for the day, people filtering in and out of the hut. For the next while, I worked on the two articles. I was surrounded by people doing all different jobs as I spent my morning doing what I feel the most passionate about.
Later in the day, I walked back into the main tent for the Evening Celebration. As I entered from the back I could see the tent full of people who had all come together for God. The band had begun to play some songs and the sound flowed around the entire tent, as people spoke in an excited buzz.
The speaker Jago began talking about how Jesus rescues us and for every Christian, there will be a moment where we come to this realisation. God lives in us and through us.
Jago was talking about how no Christian is better than another. There are no second rate Christians. You can’t base how ‘good’ a Christian you are by how many spiritual encounters you’ve had. He said something which stayed in the front of my mind for the rest of the night; “God is either Lord of all, or not Lord at all”.
Just before he ended, he prayed for three different groups of people. Those who are not yet Christians, those who feel like a ‘second rate Christian’, and those who feel like they are stuck in a rut as a Christian. I could feel God’s power in the room as He stood among us and around us, giving those who fell into one or more of these groups strength. It was an incredible moment and it was amazing to sit in silence around all these people, knowing God was working right inside the tent.