CHI 03: 1-13 Aug 2016
In the months leading up to the trip, the team felt that God wanted to break through in the lives of the people of Guangxi. Thus, we decided on the theme “超越”, or “transcend”, for the youth camp that would be held from 4th to 6th August. We believed that God is going to bring greater breakthroughs in the lives of His people in Guangxi and set them free, transcending above their circumstances, their limits and to step into the destiny and calling that God has prepared for them.
Right from the start, God dared us to believe for more; to dare to dream of bigger things even as God brought about a miraculous increase in attendees, bringing the total number of campers to approximately 70, almost double that of the previous year’s. This was an outcome none of the team members had thought possible, but God is truly a God of the impossible. The youth camp was held over a period of two and half days, consisting of 5 sessions and various other activities. The 5 sessions were anchored by both members of the team as well as two local leaders.
Throughout the 5 sessions, the Word given by God impacted the youths as they learned to be secure in their identities as beloved children of God. They contemplated their motivations even as they grabbed hold of dreams which were once broken, but now restored by God. The last day of camp had a particularly powerful time of worship, as God’s thick presence fell upon the room and many had a personal and intimate encounter with God. Moreover, testimonies poured forth every night, especially on the last day of camp, greatly encouraging both the local body and the team.
The camp was largely headed and organized by the local team of leaders, a first for them. We had the privilege of seeing how God had raised them up and brought them into greater areas of ministry and responsibilities; we are anticipating for more!
*images have to be blurred for the safety of the congregation
In our time of preparation for the trip, God also impressed upon our hearts to reinforce the lessons of the fruits of the Holy Spirit that were taught to the kids in Sunday School. Hence, we decided to use the “Fruits of the Holy Spirit” as the theme of the children’s camp which was held during the second week of our trip.
The children’s camp was held over 3 days, with praise and worship, lessons and worship art as well. The lessons were taught by different members from both the Singapore team and the local church. It was accompanied by either a game or craftwork to reinforce their learning. We also had a live skit at the start of each day to exemplify the fruits of the Spirit in practical daily situations that the kids would be able to understand.
On the second day, we had a few kids coming up to share their testimonies followed by a salvation call. What an amazing joy it was to see many kids coming forward to give/rededicate their lives to Jesus! Among the 41 children attending the camp, 11 were newcomers of which 10 accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior for the very first time!
Another memorable segment was worship art, where we would play some soaking music in the background at the end of the day while we encouraged the children to draw on a piece of paper what God is speaking to them. Throughout the 3 days, we witnessed how God spoke to the children. By the third day, even some of the newcomers who did not know what to write/draw initially now had so much to write/draw.
Throughout the camp, the children displayed such hunger for the Word of God. Even as we taught on the fruits of the Holy Spirit, we ourselves were inspired by the earnest desires for the things of God. Members of the team who had been to Guangxi previously were also particularly encouraged by the growth that they see in some of the older children and how they’ve come to a greater level of intimacy in their walk with God.
Andrew Chong, Guang Xi, China