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CLAY 2014: Thursday

From airplanes and buses to cars and taxis, youth from across the country travelled far and wide for the first day of CLAY 2014: “Worth It!” today. After a long but exciting morning of travel, each home team found their name on the list, received their beloved wrist bands, and set off to enjoy the stunning scenery of Kamloops, BC. With a photo scavenger hunt to orientate each home team to the Thompson Rivers University campus, the groups found their first chance for team building and got to know the areas that will house their ministry projects, meals, activities, large group gathering space, and most importantly, the Tim Horton’s for morning coffee.

The afternoon marked the first CLAY event with the opening ceremonies, where we had the privilege to hear from Aboriginal elders from the surrounding First Nations tribes. Sharing stories, songs, drumming, and prayer in their native language, the CLAY participants had the opportunity to hear about the history of the land that we may take for granted.

Following the delicious buffet dinner to recharge, we all headed to gym through the sudden torrential downpour and thunderstorm for the highly anticipated evening large group gathering. Featuring the CLAY band debuting the weekend’s theme song: “Worth It”, the drama team, and the introduction to our weekend’s keynote speaker Scott Evans who kicked the event off breaking down the parable of the prodigal son for the captive audience.

We capped off Thursday with late night spots including the dance, games room, movie night with “Kung Fu Panda”, and the The Ascension Lutheran Band from Edmonton playing to a crowd. With a late night worship until midnight, the first day of CLAY 2014 was an astounding success, and only a prelude to what this weekend has in store!

– Ian Kobylanski, Specialist Home Team Member