Passing on Key Lessons
How InterVarsity Shaped My Approach to Youth Ministry
By Alyssa Massecar
I was invited to come to Pioneer Camp, specifically a program called 252, named for Luke 2:52. “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”
The camp was a co-ed camp program for high school kids that also helped them get their community service hours required for graduation.
That summer was just the start of my time with InterVarsity. When I first started university the next year, I wanted to get connected with a Christian group, but I wasn’t quite sure how. I spent my first year not going to church or clubs, and I felt like something was just missing.
The spring after my first year, I went back to Pioneer Camp where I made some friends who went to the same university as me and were a part of InterVarsity.
Now, working at a church as a Youth Ministries Coordinator, I find that my experiences within InterVarsity have shaped how I lead and teach this next generation. As a 17-year-old going to Pioneer Camp for the first time, I was in no way ready to go to the Leaders-in-Training program that most other people my age were attending. I wasn’t where I was expected to be at my age. I so desperately needed to encounter God and 252 was the perfect place for me to do that.
At such a critical time in my life, I am so grateful for the people God was using to reach the kids who didn’t fit the mold, to show me that I was still worthy, and that God still had a plan for me.
I’m so thankful for the ways that God used InterVarsity ministries in my teenage and young adult years to shape my life and strengthen my faith, and I pray that I will make room for Him to use my experiences and my story for His glory.