Youth Camp

Report of 7th Annual Youth Camp – 26th to 30th August 2013

 

Approximately 400 young people travelled up to 160 miles to attend the Youth Camp at Luwero. Numbers were less than in previous years due mainly to the fact that the camp dates coincided with the first week of the new term at Ugandan universities. About half of those attending were at the camp for the first time, the remainder having attended on several occasions including some who had attended all seven camps. Two girls, Rebecca & Esther, attended the camp fromKenyafollowing their pastor’s attendance at the Pastor & Church Leader’s Conference earlier in May.

 

Notwithstanding the lower numbers much blessing resulted from the week of teaching upon the subject ‘Youth & Decision Making’ with Dan 1:8 ‘Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine …’ the text for the week. Local pastors visited and provided teaching upon a range of theme related subjects. My own teaching programme of ten sessions revolved around a series of subjects under the theme ‘The importance of … in decision making’. Subjects included the importance of wisdom, prayer, scripture, Holy Spirit, correcting wrong decisions, etc.

 

As well as teaching, worship & praise, visiting artistes singing, the traditional Friday night BBQ (pork roasted over an open fire) and workshops, question & answer sessions were held. My own workshop session was for pastor’s children and focused upon the specific problems faced by them. The session was enlightening and showed a real maturity amongst some of the young people facing problems relating to their peers setting them higher standards, pressure to take up pastoral responsibilities simply because their parents were involved in ministry, etc.

 

Bibles, either in Luganda or English, were presented to over half the young people who did not have their own copy of the scriptures. Thank you to the many friends who contributed to those Bibles, particularly members of Partick Trinity Church of Scotland, Glasgow who gifted copies of the Luganda Bible. Other monetary gifts handed to me financed the English Bibles. See picture on left of some happy recipients of Bibles.

 

Other aspects of the project continue to develop with the new 3-storey secondary school building now at 2nd floor level and a newly sunk well (150 ft deep) awaiting the arrival of electrically operated submersible pumps to complete the installation enabling water to be pumped to 10,000 litre storage tanks. Additionally, church members have committed themselves to the construction of the foundations for the new church building and excavation work has now commenced.

Youth Camp 2012

Luwero’s 6th Annual Youth Camp took place between 13th & 17th August 2012. The five day camp was attended by a total of 550 young people, their ages ranging from 14 to 35. Four hundred boarded overnight during the week and up to 150 others attended daily.

Pastor Gabriel at the Youth Camp

Young people attending came from a radius of up to 100 miles from Luwero. Numerous churches were represented and many pastors of other churches attended to give support during the week.

This year’s theme was ‘Who is Jesus?’ taken from the first lesson in the Alpha Course. Alpha was run over 10 sessions during the five days by a 9-person team mainly from Queen’s Park Baptist Church, Glasgow. Bible teaching, linked to the same theme, was provided by various speakers. One of our UK directors attended the camp teaching twice per day on subjects such as Jesus and his birth, baptism and temptations, words, deeds, disciples, the Trinity, passion, resurrection, church and return. The group provided a series of short dramas to illustrate some of the Bible teaching.

A number of young people became Christians during the week and since the camp three more youths have made commitments to Christ. A warm welcoming spirit and sense of the Lord’s presence was experienced throughout the week. Gabriel Kijjambu, Project Director, commented that “The 6th Annual Camp was a blessing. The teaching and blessings were signs of God’s encounter with us in Luwero”.