We recently held our “Our Time” meeting to review the past summer camps and plan for next year. We had volunteers from each of the camp sessions; almost 60 of us met together. Since most of us did not know each other, it was a time when we made new friends, ate yummy food, played games, and sang songs from the camps. A pastor spoke to us, urging us not to waste our time because it is very precious. He motivated us to spend our time according to God’s will.
After the sermon we shared with the camp volunteers our ideas for next year, giving them an opportunity to choose what they want to see the next year. Next, we divided them into groups where they brainstormed and then gave us all their ideas for next year. We love to involve the volunteers in every aspect of the planning. They have great ideas!
At the end of our planning, we started a Christmas challenge on social web called “It’s time to give.” Each of us takes a photo of toys that we bought for kids from poor families, and then challenge our friends to do the same. We hope that through this challenge, we can involve new people in our project, and bring some joy to needy children on Christmas.
One of our camp volunteers shared the following about this “Our Time” meeting:
“Hello my name is Nurlan*, and I’m 15 years old. The first thing that I really liked was the food! I thank all the people that made it for us. Then I liked the atmosphere, it was almost like camp. And even when we divided into groups, it reminded me of camp. I’m looking forward to our next “Our Time” meeting. Thank you for making these meetings for us.”
Our dear friends, thank you for being part of our ministry. Thank you that you are praying for us. And please do not forget us in your prayers. Please pray for all our workers and their families. We need more power and guidance from God to make a good curriculum for the day camps and for our plans for next summer.
May God bless each of you, with a BIG LOVE from the Central Asia, Camp Adonai.
*Name changed for security reasons.