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I am writing this for those of you who have been approached about spending a weekend at Camp Tygart and experiencing what is known as Chrysalis/Journey, but feel like it might not be something you need. When I was able to go, I thought it would be a fun weekend, but I didn't think it was something I really needed to experience. However, my going resulted in something far more indescribable than I thought was possible. I experienced things that I will never forget; things that I may not ever experience again while on Earth. It was love. Love that I didn’t even know I could feel because I had never been exposed to it. Not to say that I hadn’t experienced great love before because I am a very blessed individual with a great family and friends, but this love was perfect. It was everything that Christ had intended it be from the beginning. It was a community of people who want nothing but the best for you and are eager to serve you simply because that is what Christ wants his people to be like. After the weekend was over, all I could say to sum it up was that, “this was the first time that I had actually been able to feel God’s love for me.”
I have never forgotten what it felt like. It is something that comforts me even to this day, just knowing that that type of love exists and is available to me whenever I am willing to accept it because that is how much God loves me.
So go. Don’t talk yourself out of it because you feel like your relationship with God is good enough as it is. You will have a great experience and God will open your eyes to things you have never even imagined.
Zach Edmondson South Georgia Chrysalis Flight #42 Table of: The Kingsmen December 6, 2016
"As I recollect what Journey meant to me, I am overwhelmed. I cannot think of another opportunity that I have had the honor to participate in that has brought me closer to the presence of God. I am incredibly thankful for this ministry that speaks Love in so many different ways. I know that when I went out there, I brought more baggage with me than I had planned. My hands were full of worries and I was living in the shadow of expectations I knew that I could never meet. I was struggling to hear God’s voice in hopes that I could hear His will for me. I found myself in a state of awkward confusion, knowing of God’s love but not being able to see how He would allow it to flow through me. As the weekend went on I was able to forfeit my worries and trade them for faith, freeing my hands and allowing me to be the vessel He had called me to be. By the end of the weekend I had heard God’s voice, but it wasn’t anything close to a solid outline or blueprint containing His plans for me. He gave me a promise – or rather He reminded me of the promise that was mine to claim all along: the cross of Jesus Christ. Christ has called me into ministry through many new avenues since I participated in my walk in February of 2013. It’s not to say that Journey showed me His plans, but I am certain that because of this opportunity I was able to remove myself from the distractions of the world screaming in my ears. Free of the world’s hold, I was able to then hear the soft whisper of my God as He reassured me of His promise of ‘a future and a hope’ for my life.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” – Isaiah 30:21
Sam Mehr South Georgia Chrysalis Journey #12 Table of: The Hungry Caterpillars February 24, 2014
"Details matter. As we approach three years this Wednesday, God continues to remind us he's in control of this journey. One of James David Eunice's favorite places was Camp Tygart. He attended Chrysalis as part of the Walk to Emmaus community, and that weekend helped reinforce and strengthen his relationship with Christ. He worked the event the next year and was scheduled to work it again a couple of weekends after he went missing. He loved being there, and I think it's because it's one of the places he felt closest to God.
Chrysalis for girls is this weekend and we went out there tonight. On the way out there, a friend sent Tammy a screen shot of the final score of the Seattle-New Orleans football game. It was 23-15. James' football number was 23 and his baseball number was 15. Earlier today I wrote a note with the title Soundtrack of Life. I mentioned several songs during the note, but near the end, i mentioned the final three. I wrote, "Maybe I’ll include some of these songs on there, but I lean more these days to “How Great Thou Art” and “It is Well with My Soul,” and may be more inclined to include those. I’m certain though that I would include the song “Oceans” by Hillsong United." The final three songs we sang at the Chrysalis event tonight were, "It is Well with My Soul," "How Great Thou Art," and "Oceans." All Tammy Allbritton Eunice and I could do was cry as everyone sang "Oceans."
Many might say this is just coincidence, but I contend God is in the details. Someone found the following quote scribbled on a cellar wall during the Holocaust, 'I believe in the sun even when it is not shining, I believe in love even when I cannot feel it, I believe in God even when He is silent.' I do, too, but I'm so thankful when He is not."
"I was first introduced to Chrysalis and Journey through a mutual friend. At first I was interested and at the same time skeptical. Why would I want to give up a weekend? I then became extremely busy with work, school and other worldly stresses. It was that moment that I knew I needed this weekend not only for myself but to strengthen my faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I attended the Journey #8 in 2013 and it was life changing. That gave me a spiritual high that remains to this day. I then worked Journey #9 as an assistant table leader and I also gave the Prodigal talk. I was so incredibly unprepared for it but yet God gave me confidence and strength. Working within this organism has truly been life changing. I say organism because organisms grow. Like Christians, we too also continue to grow. I love being apart of everything we do and I look forward to what God has in store for the Chrysalis/Journey community."
Micky Joseph Halsey Guys Journey #8 February 2013
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