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When the presence of the Lord comes, it's so powerful; we've seen so many lives changed over the years in worship.

A Camp that Transforms

by Adam Wittenberg
5/3/16 Training and Events

When teens come to Awakening Teen Camp, they never know exactly what to expect—it’s an opportunity to be pleasantly surprised!

Christine wasn’t expecting “anything more than a good time,” but she walked away with no pain in her knees.

“One night during worship we began to pray for healing, and I raised my hand because my knees had been hurting for a while now,” she says. “When they prayed over me I really felt the Holy Spirit and my knees began to shake. They asked me how my knees felt, and they felt like brand-new knees—all the pain was gone.”

Awakening Teen Camp (ATC) exists to help teenagers awaken to Jesus and learn to live in unshakeable faith. More than fun, games, and Scripture, these camps seek to bring about transformation in how teens think about and relate to Christ, and walk in the Holy Spirit’s power.

That’s what happened to Daniel, who attended the ATC worship academy.

“I thought all it would be were some music classes with worship and some games,” he says. “I was wrong. Not only did I feel the Holy Spirit fill the building while we worshiped, but I felt the Holy Spirit in a personal way.”

At camp, teens experience days full of non-stop activity, including high-energy games, biblical teaching, relational small group times, and powerful evening services where they receive prayer and engage in ministry.

“I was being prayed for and Jesus called me,” Devin says. “I was on my knees and He was standing above me. I couldn’t see with my eyes open, but I closed them and with my spiritual eyes I could see Him and heaven behind Him.”

It’s testimonies like these that keep Isaac Bennett, Student Ministries director at IHOPKC, committed to continually tailoring the ATC experience to meet the needs of the teen who come.

“I love the fun and friendly feel of camp,” he says. “It’s easy to make new friends and quickly forge relationships that last a long time. Probably my favorite thing is when we worship all together. When the presence of the Lord comes during those times it’s so powerful; we’ve seen so many lives changed over the years in worship.”

Teens readily encounter Jesus—experiencing joy, physical and emotional healing, and even salvation. Camp staff pour into the next generation, in addition to providing quality meals, housing, and activities. The result is lifelong memories and long-lasting connections, with God at the center.

This year, “we’re planning some new and crazy games, as well as some activity upgrades at our campgrounds,” Isaac says. “I’m also excited about our extended Junior High Camps. Last year we had such a great time we wanted to expand that experience for this year.”

With the Lord moving strongly among teenagers in the US and globally, now is the time to consider coming to Kansas City. Rather than boredom, loneliness, and discouragement, “ATC has a unique way of igniting a fire for God on the inside within the context of a fun environment,” Isaac says. “The excellent worship really affords a one-of-a-kind experience that impacts so many.”

And for teens and parents concerned about homesickness or not fitting in?

“ATC has a top- notch leadership team of enjoyable people that love Jesus,” he says. “We make it our aim to include every person at camp and get them in the mix of the action. I want to encourage you to come and experience Awakening Teen Camp. Don’t waste a good summer.”

Adam Wittenberg


    A Detroit native who was raised in Vermont and Connecticut, Adam worked as a newspaper journalist until 2012, when he moved to Kansas City to complete the Intro to IHOPKC internship. Afterwards, he earned a four-year certificate in House of Prayer Leadership from IHOPU and is now on full-time staff in the Marketing department at IHOPKC. He also serves in the NightWatch (overnight prayer hours) and is active in evangelism. He, and his wife Stephany, have a vision to reach people everywhere with the good news of Jesus Christ.

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