Carnival is a feast very close related to Catholicism. It always happens 40 days before Easter (Lent). It is supposed to be a festive occasion with lots of laughter, good humor, happiness, all-day-party and parades in funny customs and masquerades. The truth is that the word “Carnival” means “farewell to the flesh” and generally it is a time for excessive and unrestrained of one own’s appetites and desires.
It is during these days that our church has its Annual Carnival Retreat. I strongly feel a burden to organize and make this camp to happen because it is an opportunity for lots of youth to get away from town where all this ruckus is going on.
For many years we had the youth come the first two days and the adults/children would join us for the last two days. This created a sentiment of “invasion” on the youth and an “out-of-place” feeling on the rest. So, this year we decided to start all together and be prepared with activities for all ages; ultimately “If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try it” (Seth Godin).
In our evaluation meeting we identified some of our high and lows points, but were happy and very thankful to the Lord for every one that came and heard the message from the Word of God about JESUS, THE ONLY HOPE.