mardi 19 juillet 2011

Feedback from the 2011 Young Leaders Camp

The Young Leaders Camp this year was a great time of true fellowship and real transformation. We spent the week of the 19th to 26th of June with 53 youths at Libamba (about 50 miles away from Yaounde). The Theme of the camp was “Be An Example”, drawn from 1 Timothy4:12. We had numerous activities around the theme of the camp. These included teachings, discussions and role plays, film shows, talks and and storytelling. Watching Alex Kendrick’s movie titled “Facing The Giants” on big screen was one of their favorite time. All of them remembered a life lesson from the movie that says one should prepare his fields for sowing, to avoid missing the opportunity when rain begins to fall.
Drawing inspiration from 1Timothy 4:12, we explored the following aspects of the theme:
· Be an example in word
· Be an example in conduct
· Be an example in love
· Be an example in spirit
· Be an example in faith
· Be an example in purity
We also had an excursion in the jungle and visited the Nyong River, (Second longest in Cameroon). During the excursion, campers were lead by Florence in a moment of praise to God for the beauty of the jungle. At the end of our week at the camp, participants were not ready to leave. They all said they can’t wait for next year’s edition.
Young Leaders also did a community project at Libamba. They painted classrooms black boards to demonstrate servant leadership.
We had very encouraging feedback from parents after this year’s edition. Below are a few reactions from them.
Feedback from parents of campers
“By the grace of God I send you thanks for everything that the Young Leaders Camp has done to my boys. Ludovic (one of her boys) is always prompt to talk about lessons learnt at the camp this year, and after a week of observation, I see a remarkable improvement in his behavior, ... I commit to offer them devotional books for their daily meditations… once again, may God bless you all” Eliane Clarisse (Mother of three boys who attended the Young Leaders Camp this year)
“Uncle Victor, My mother says I should say Thank You!... Because I keep talking about being an example (the theme of the Camp this year) since I came back from the Young Leaders Camp. And I have stopped doing the bad things I used to do before” Hervé (14 yers old boy who attended the Young Leaders Camp this year)
“Ernest (14 years old boy who attended the camp) was having serious difficulties managing puberty; I have noted a great improvement in his ability to manage it after the Camp; Maybe you should consider holding the camp twice every year. ” Alphonse (Father of two boys who attended the Young Leaders Camp this year)
Please pray with thanksgiving that the changes in the lives of those who attended the Young Leaders Camp this year will be permanent and will bear lasting fruit.