KIDS' CAMP 2017 RECAP
2017 started with a first ever for Abba's Pride! We hosted a Kids' Camp for over 70 students from 4 of our partnering churches. The camp was held at Camp Zenith in Heidelberg. Volunteers from the USA and South Africa travelled to the camp on Sunday afternoon and prepared for the exciting week ahead. Students and their leaders arrived on their busses on Monday afternoon and the madness began!
Throughout the week the students participated in various activities and games including drama, soccer, dance, swimming, basketball and art. The favorite of almost all of the students was swimming! Many of them never get a chance to swim in a pool! But the most important part of the week was the time spent worshipping Jesus through song, hearing the Gospel of Jesus and spending time talking about him in small groups. The theme for the week was "God's Love Knows No Limits" from I Corinthians 13:7-8 which says "Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen." By the end of the week we had at least 10 students who accepted Christ for the first time and many more who rededicated their lives to Him.
KIDS' CAMP TESTIMONIES
"Camp "No Limits" showed kids that God's love has no boundaries or limits. Through memory verses, song and dance they got to experience the life that Christ promises to those who follow him. Most had never owned a bible or read scripture and they learned of God's great love for them everyday. I pray that they will continue to read and learn in the days ahead and find strength in the word. The Lord moved through the kids at camp and many accepted Christ. It was a beautiful thing to witness and an experience I will never forget." -Sharon Kendall
"What a privilege to be able to come along side of Abba’s Pride and minister in South Africa. The blessing of working in the field with the staff and ministering to the kids was more wonderful than I could imagine. God moved mightily! The working along side of the other volunteers was amazing also and the lasting friendships will be in my memory bank for the rest of my life. I didn’t look forward to the long plane ride, but it was not bad at all. Thanks Lonnie for inviting me to step out of my comfort zone and step into where God is working! It was a magnificent experience and an opportunity of a lifetime. The worship, small groups, devotional, and the study guides were God ordained and made the trip wonderful. I enjoyed the time in the rural areas and worshipping with the local folks. The time visiting the animal preserves was interesting fun. What a memory builder. Lives were changed including mine!" -Red Calkin
"It was great to be a part of something bigger than myself, something that God was working through to speak into the lives of the South African kids, leaders, and even ourselves. The sports were just a fun venue to get us and the kids involved with each other. The meetings were a perfect place to see the kids involved in worship and to join them. The small groups were an awesome place to discuss God things with the kids. This was the camp experience of a lifetime!" -Mark Jones
"The girls in my small group and I laughed, sang, and acted silly. There were lessons and verses intermingled throughout the week, but just loving the campers was the mission. On Thursday night, one of the girls came to me with some pretty heavy news about her and her family. She hugged me. I said nothing. I simply hugged her back. She held me tighter. I held her tighter. She didn't let go for almost 15 to 20 minutes, so I didn't let go either. We said nothing. We just hugged and cried. One of my favorite verses from the Bible is "Jesus wept" when he heard that Lazarus had died. What? Why would he cry? He was getting ready to bring that man back to life. Surely he could have just said, "Okay, okay everyone, calm down and just watch." But he didn't -- instead he wept. I believe Jesus was demonstrating to us the need to use fewer words and more feelings. Communication does not always come by way of text, email or our mouths. It can be that hug that lasts for minutes. That smile that warms the heart. That eye contact that says, "Peace is yours to have too." The girl finally released from our hug and just smiled at me with tears in her eyes. She was okay. She just needed to share that burden. She just needed someone else to know . . . to care. She just needed to be seen by me (a mere vessel) so that she could truly know that she was seen by the Savior. We all need to know that, don't we?" -Cindy Aitken