We had a wonderful four days at our ANNUAL CHILDREN’S CAMP, 2019, with 88 children and 23 staff and volunteers.
It was time for new learning for some of the children who came for the first time, and unlearning for some of the old children as the theme was CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK. Yes, it was a great time for us to know the children personally and teach them intentionally, for this generation, to encourage them to change their thinking about their relationships, careers, self and living in this world. We taught subjects like Characteristics of God, Self-Forgiveness and Respect, The Cost of Discipleship, Rebooting your Thinking, Handling Success and Failure, some Bible Character studies etc. Many of the young people were given time to clarify their doubts about different issues of life.
Out of 12 teaching sessions, 6 sessions were taught by our own ALMUNI (two of them board members) and their spouse’s, two of the faculty were General Body Members.
At the end of camp, we were amazed at the response from the children. They shared how they would like to make changes in their lives. About 27 children made commitments to make changes in their lives and 25 children said that they’d be willing to go and tell others of their faith.
Here are some of the testimonies from the children:
My name is Mounika, of 10th standard, from the Malkajigiri centre. The four days at camp was a blessing in my life. Here is what I have learned.
I never believed in Jesus, but in this camp I have learned that Jesus is The Great God, I have to listen to Him, I don’t have any authority on my life, I should live a submissive life to Jesus.
At first I was not interested to come to camp, but after I came here, I have learned a lot of things for my life with Jesus. I loved the camp and I would really want to come back next year. I have learned that Jesus even talks to me. I use to tease and bully my friends, but here I have learned how to treat my friends.
When we were learning about the cost of discipleship from Luke 9:57, the two words, “Follow Me” really struck me, I wept and decided to live a life committed to Jesus and be a witness to my family and friends.
My name is Bharath, I’m studying in 10th class. I am very mischievous. I had all bad habits. I liked roaming with girls and speaking bad words. I use to do many naughty things, like commenting about teachers. Recently also I had a very bad attitude and things got worse. One day I came and shared all this to the centre leader (John). John gave good suggestions and also asked me to come to camp. At camp I learned many things, like how to behave with elders and how to manage my time (I use to waste a lot of time). I used to have a lot of time, but I would think more about playing, talking to girls, dancing in class . . . all mischievous things. After coming to camp there was a lot of change in me. By next year camp I will change my behaviour completely thank you.
My name is Aksa (or Pooja). We came to know Jesus and I have been going to church from my childhood, and made a lot of decisions in church, to follow Him, but many times I failed. I have been coming to camp for the last 3 years, but this year was very special. I was in two minds about coming to camp, but after coming God spoke to me about two things. Firstly, I was praying about taking baptism – last year I made a decision but I failed. Secondly, spending time with God. This year I made a decision that I should have a daily quiet time. Pray for me – thank you.