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60 Gather for UYC in Malawi

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60 Gather for UYC in Malawi

This was the second time this type of gathering was held at the site. Although it is currently undergoing further development, the site hosted a total of 60 people—eight counselors, four senior staff, nine junior staff and 39 campers. 

The campfire was set ablaze on Dec. 26, 2021, at 7 p.m. with all of the people present. It was an exciting event where the campers and staff were given identifications and rules, then divided into four groups based on the tribes of Israel: Reuben, Judah, Benjamin and Joseph. 

The daily activities started at 4:50 a.m. with aerobics. The counselors provided Compass Check classes every day, which were based on the theme, “Find Your Anchor.” 

The campers participated in a range of indoor and outdoor activities to challenge them physically and mentally. Activities included soccer (football), netball, volleyball, treasure hunt, painting lessons, hoopla, bottle fishing, spoons, blind walk, tug of peace, Bible quizzes and the exciting Bible lessons. The Bible lesson activity was focused on “Defending Your Faith,” where the group had to share ideas on why we don’t celebrate Christmas, why we judge between clean and unclean meats and why Easter is not biblical. The campers showed the group their experience with these beliefs in reference to Beyond Today booklets. 

In addition to these activities, the campers had plenty of time to improve their relationships and make new friends at the camp. The hostel setting was divided into female campers, male campers and staff booths. Being a developing site, reeds/grass and plastic rooms were used as well as camping tents. Being the rainy season, we all braved the rains and thunderstorms in these temporary homes. 

We appreciate the financial help that we received from the Good Works Program, which is coordinated by Lena VanAusdle. Donations to the Good Works Program come from UCG brethren from around the world. It would be difficult to be accommodated for the week at such a site without this financial help. May God continue blessing the hand that gives. 

Cephas J. Chapamba