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2021 Camp Report: Colombia

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2021 Camp Report


 This year 13 young people between the ages of 11 and 22 participated. Initially, 18 campers were scheduled to participate, but for various reasons, five of them were unable to attend. 

The camp was held from June 21-25 with high expectations among the participants, especially the two youngest, for whom it was their first camp experience. Everyone enjoyed five days of pleasant Christian fellowship. Because the rainy season this year lasted a little longer than normal, the weather was not very favorable. However, it was not an obstacle for our young people to enjoy outdoor activities such as walking, swimming in the pool, campfire and others. Unlike other years, this time we all stayed in the same house, big enough to hold up to 25 people. So, with a total of just 17 people between campers and support staff, there was enough space for everyone. 

Each day we began with a prayer before heading out to the hotel dining room for breakfast. Then we went back to have the Christian living class. This year the central theme was based on 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Therefore whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (which was also the message of a Christian movie that we watched the first night, Remember the Goal). The theme was divided into four parts that we studied in three sessions: 1. I recognize that God exists; 2. I am of great value to God; 3. There must be a change in me; 4. I must be an example to others. Throughout camp, we emphasized that we are not of this world and that in the Church we can feel safe because we have each other to encourage and strengthen us every day. Other activities included painting rocks that were collected during a previous walk, a dance and the Amazing Race, which we had not been held at camp since 2018. Although we had to do it indoors because of the rain, the enthusiasm of the youngsters passing all the challenges was evident. 

After arriving back in the city of Cúcuta for the weekly services on Saturday, June 26, some young people led hymns and gave the opening and closing prayers. Our prayers for the success of the event were definitely heard because we were concerned as to whether or not it would be possible to carry out the activity because of COVID-19. We thank God and all those who in one way or another made this camp possible, hoping that we can meet again next year. 

Jaime Salek