The selection process is very interesting because the young people register on a Friday for the camp and they are noticeably reserved but by the time they leave on the Sunday, they are relaxed, friendly and boisterous.
WHAT HAPPENS BETWEEN THE FRIDAY AND SUNDAY TO CREATE SUCH A CHANGE?
Xolani registering a prospective apprentice
Our very fashionable “models”
Apprentices working in the field and learning the” ropes”.
There are more structured sessions that help the apprentices understand how Ebenezer works. The talks include the vision of Ebenezer, the parable of the talents, how to become a profitable farmer, making compost and Farming God’s Way. An opportunity is then given for questions and answers.
Staff and apprentices making compost
Other light moments are the team dynamics. The operative word being TEAM but, the prospective apprentices are all too eager to reveal their individual skills and abilities. Teamwork is eventually realized especially after they have joined the Ebenezer family.
Apprentices enjoying canoeing
A DVD is shown on the Saturday evening as a way of helping the apprentices “unwind” after a full day of activities.
The highlight is the Sunday morning service at Crossroads Community Church. The prospective and currant apprentices join adults and children from the community for a time of celebration in song and dance, listening and responding to God’s word.
Celebration at Crossroads Community Church
All round, Selection Camps are a WIN-WIN situation.
What a joy!
Written by Molly Manhanga