I Am Loved to the Xtreme reflects what can be seen at Lake Wales Spanish Church. Every Sabbath, at least before the pandemic, a band of 10 to 15 musicians have praised God with hearts and instruments as a big part of the church service.
Instruments including violin, cello, flute, trumpet, trombone, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, percussion, light percussion, etc., join a joyful manifestation of praise every Sabbath. Most of the musicians are youth and active Pathfinders, and the hand of God can be seen at work in this church. The church embraced this form of worship, and God added all the pieces necessary to form joyful praise.
One day in early 2020, José Diaz, Varsity Pathfinder director, visited Lake Wales Spanish Church. He heard the worship team during the service and invited them to become part of the Varsity iCamporee. The invitation was taken as an indication from God that He was happy with what the team was doing. Imagine the surprise when Diaz asked the team to write an original theme song for the iCamporee.
The challenge was accepted! The title of the iCamporee inspired the words of the theme song. The team leaders wanted the youth to be aware of how much each one is loved. When that is understood, there is no limit to what can be accomplished.
In September, our praise team spent time practicing and preparing recordings of the music for what had become an online camporee due to quarantine restrictions. We were so excited to have others learn the theme song, sing it, and be reminded that we are loved to the Xtreme!
Imagine the surprise to hear Andres Peralta, Pathfinder director for the General Conference and guest speaker for the iCamporee, explain how everyone is God’s special treasure — without knowing that was part of the lyrics of the theme song. It was like divine intervention was putting all the pieces together. Only God can do that!
Florida | January 2021