Genesis 22:1-14: SS Camp 2008 testimony :)

Friday, December 12, 2008

SS Camp 2008 testimony :)

“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:2) This instruction – for believers to teach others, who would go on to teach others – is necessary if we want our church to multiply spiritually. Therefore, it is with much joy, I praise and thank God for moving the hearts of the camp committee to make “Discipleship” and disciple-making our theme this year! Working together with a committee who shared a vision for born-again disciple-makers to learn and apply God’s Word in their lives, was a wonderful, edifying experience. It was encouraging to see the care and support given to one another, especially when most of us were struggling to cope with our busy school/work schedules, topped up with many other commitments.

This year’s camp was definitely a refreshing one, especially with all the new activities like taking the campers through the history of Christianity in Singapore on the “Amazing (g)race”, teaching them practical Quiet Time skills, giving each camper some private time to reflect on their walk with God during “Prayer Labyrinth”, and allowing them to experience what it is like to live as believers in countries facing persecution through the simulated “Underground Church”…all of which I benefited from too, even as a mentor.

I thank God for the privilege of being a mentor and friend to the group, “Philip”. It always brings joy to my heart to see the children and youths come to a decision to take Jesus as their Lord and Savior, or be assured of their salvation. Caring for the spiritual well-being of the young people God placed under my care, and challenging them to live their lives as true disciples of Jesus, was not an easy task, but I was often reminded that it is in my weakness that God’s strength is made perfect, and all I had to do was give my best and leave the results to Him.

Listening to Rev Goh’s messages on discipleship / disciple-making was really spiritually-refreshing! God has blessed Rev Goh with a teaching style that not only engages his audience, but also helps them to remember the lessons through the use of “live” illustrations, action songs, and various acronyms!

Though this year’s camp has come to an end, the committee believes that this is just the “appetizer” to our long-term plan to live as true disciples as well as help others do the same. I was greatly encouraged to see many of the Post O Level students commit to being understudy mentors this year and I pray that many more would follow their examples. It must have been not easy for them to be thrust into the job right away at their age, but they did a really wonderful job by the grace of God. It is my earnest prayer that all of us continue living out the “Great Commission” daily, sharing our faith and equipping others to do the same. I pray too, that the friendships forged would continue to grow so that we may all encourage one another in our walk with Him.

May all praise and glory go to our Heavenly Father Who truly deserves them! ☺


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