Lessons from Church Camp (27 Oct 2019)

invisible-archerThe BC Family Church Camp 2019 was a great opportunity for adults of all ages and youths to come together as a single family, get to know each other better and learn skills that promote development of Christian Character and responsible behavior.

As a member of the camp committee, I have enjoyed my time spent organising some of the activities and would like to thank the elders, deacons, BC administrative staff, and many volunteers for sorting a lot of the administrative and logistics work that cut a lot of work from the lean camp committee. Without them, organising a camp in such a short time would have been impossible. We are also grateful for the team of volunteers that remained in Singapore to assist in sharing a Sunday morning back home possible.

With God’s blessing, and a limited sized committee, there were many lessons learnt. We had to literally take work out of the church in order to have anything done, using technology and remote communication to handle coordination. From the planning to execution, the amalgamation of different skill sets as God’s fellow workers could be seen in the multidisciplinary team, spanning different ages, backgrounds and professions.

Most of the events in the camp occurred smoothly, praise be to God. I also note that the plenaries were extremely intense, this coming from an academic person. However I could tell that everyone was having a great time. There was active participation, contribution and brainstorming, not to mention fun and laughter. The speakers Dr Daniel Wong, Raymond Kwan and Ron Low were passionate about their messages. Most would agree that they had left more knowledgeable after the camp.

Of the lessons, the one that struck me the most was conversational relational evangelism. It makes a difference than just ‘spreading the word’ and making sure that important information is passed down. This approach leads you to explore shoes of the other party, and forms a relationship of the non-believer with a
genuine authentic Christian who love and cares, for without love, we are nothing. It adds a dimension in evangelism that is often silenced and drowned in modern calvinistic beliefs.

Coming from a non-Christian family, I feel that the camp is a more intimate way to interact with our extended family in Christ. It provides a space for each of us to live with each other and understand each others’ needs better, as being in the committee allows us to listen to feedback and cater to the needs of different individuals. This is best exemplified by Matilda as she looked through each person’s passport and urged individuals to renew before the expiry date.

Being part of the committee is a rewarding experience and I would like to thank all the members for their participation.

Dr Poh Pei Ghim