When the bus stopped in front of the refugee camp in Oldenburg, Germany, the 29 participants from TeenStreet (TS), OM’s international youth congress, had already split themselves into four groups: face painting, paper crafts, football and jenga towers.
On the final day of TS 2016, we found Emma, Ester and Belinda – all at TS for the first time – crowding around a table in the Cocktail and Coffee Bar. They were enjoying an evening snack of soda and fries after the last Throne Room.
The curtain is coming down on TeenStreet (TS) on Day 5. But before heading home, the teens assembled again in the main hall for a session focusing on each individual’s role as they step out of TS into the world.
Every year, TeenStreet (TS) attracts thousands of individuals, who register for the week hoping to experience God and find new friends. Many teenagers also sign up for TS with their youth groups, joining 50 or more friends from their home churches.
The weather forecast predicted heavy rain Sunday afternoon. Indeed, rain had pounded the TeenStreet (TS) site since dawn. All morning, TS participants – those running and those supporting – prayed that God would change the weather.
On Day 4 of Teenstreet (TS), we met Oli, deep in joyful conversations with his Faroese friends. This is Oli’s third TS. Name, Age, Country : Oli, 16, Faroe Islands What time did your day start? Around 8 in the morning (8:00 am)
Ever since she was a teen, Juliette* from France had always heard about TeenStreet (TS). She never attended TS during her own teenage years, but after studying and beginning her career, she attended Transform, OM’s summer Mediterranean-themed short-term outreach.
On Day 3, we caught up with Alessandra, at TeenStreet (TS) for the fourth time. She had just purchased a new notebook and four cards from the bookshop. Since she sported an Italian lanyard, we asked how the day’s lunch – pasta – compared to her national cuisine.
Worship is a lifestyle, the TeenStreet (TS) worship band agreed. “It’s become less and less about music the older I get,” Ty shared. Instead, worship should emphasise themes like peace, truth, reconciliation, healing and hospitality, he said.
Ruwen Braun from Germany is attending TeenStreet (TS) for the fifth time. When he first attended TS, he was just another teenager looking for adventure with his peers. He didn’t know that the path he had selected would become a familiar path to walk in the years to follow.