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Youthfront Experience, Part One

Emmaleeby Emmalee Fiser

I have always been surrounded by friends and family that love Youthfront.

Youthfront is actually the place that nearly saved my life when I was 17 years old. Many of you have read my full testimony (and most saw even if weren’t told) and know right around that age I was hitting rock bottom in life. Sex, alcohol and satan had a great hold over my being. I received horrifying news while at Youthfront that year with my church youth group. That week I told God I hated Him, for the first time showing Him a bit of the emotion He actually longed for. I was acknowledging His presence through my sobs and fist shakes in His face. That was the same week that I realized something needed to change and that there was more to life than what I was doing. Now, just because I knew those things deep down, my actions had little change for quite some time. Years, actually. However, I am so thankful that I was at this camp that week. I was surrounded by loving, understanding, loyal friends and camp leaders. I believe that through their prayer and answers to my crazy questions, God began a movement in my spirit. That week my dark heart saw a glimpse of light.

Years later, I made the decision to stop asking so many questions and chose to simply believe. I still fall into temptations daily and have to take up my cross night after night. I actually have more questions now than ever before, and am currently in a moment of doubt….which is why I consider this the perfect time to be back at Youthfront, to again see that great glimpse of light. I am volunteer cabin leading, something that freaks me out and excites me all the same. I have such a huge heart for young girls, a desire to help them NOT make the decisions I did(/do). I want to connect with each of them at their individual level, and help them see the awesome truth in purity, the freedom of Christ, and the worth of their lives. I need prayer to be able to answer questions they may ask that I don’t know the answers to. I need God filled advice to give, and the food I need to be able to feed.

Can’t wait to share what happens at the end of this week. It’s been hard getting back into the swing of things in America, in Lee’s Summit, and in this wacky life of mine. I need a breath of fresh air, so this week couldn’t have come at a better time.

I am thankful for wonderful friends, great opportunities, and a God who forgives, forgives, and forgives.

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