It was the thirteens year for camps in Cambodia and they have just finished. One hundred local churches hosted with 4917 children attending. Of these over 30% indicated first time commitments to Christ.
Camps in Cambodia (as elsewhere) are truly non-denominational as we had 17 different denominations represented.
Counsellor training had previously been run from March 27th to April 5th in three provinces, Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, and Pursat with 399 camp councillors and 100 camp leaders trained.
Follow up Program:
After camping event we have a weekly follow up program. We spend between 60 an d90 minutes for our follow up program singing songs, telling Bible Story, playing games, teaching memory verse, helping them with hygiene, praying and worshiping God together and in every activity we give scores to the kids to save for our market, coin which will be held every nine weeks. Our follow up program keep going on regularly every Sunday and some camps do every Saturday. We do that for 10 months. It starts from May to February of the following year. We prepare for our new camps event in March and at the end of March we have our counsellors training and run the camps in the beginning of April.
Churches involved were asked “Why do you want to run children’s camps in your church?”
Here are jusy a few of the answers we received.
– To help children to have personal relationship with God
– Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples in all nations; therefore, we can minister to children and their family in the community to fulfill His Great Commission.
– To help children have a stronger faith in Christ
– To gain experiences to bring the Gospel to the children
– We want the whole community to know Christ Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour
– It is a good opportunity to reach children’s parents for Christ
– We want to see the community develop through children
– We want to make future leaders
– To increase church members
Grateful Words From Camp’s Leader
– We want to give thanks to God for His great love
– We want to give thanks to all teachers and all the people who help to organize this camp
– May God bless CCI and the church in Canada so that you can share these blessings with us in Cambodia.
– We want to give thanks to our Lord Jesus and thanks CCC and CCI
Camps Leaders Comments
– Keep supporting children’s camps in Cambodia
– It is not just a good program but it is a time of fellowship between leaders and all the kids we learn together and we work together.
– Please don’t be hesitated to continue children’s camp. Our God is all mighty God, don’t be afraid even though we face some obstacles.
– Children’s camp is such a good ministry and it is really helpful for our church
– We love children’s camp and we want to continue this ministry every year
I would like to give thanks to Lord our God and all of CCI staffs and other supporters who sacrifice their own strength, heart, time and finance to help us doing this hard work. This year is the 13th years of our camps in Cambodia.
Children program is really powerful to impact many children, Churches, and especially to give the opportunity to build the new generation leaders. Through this program we can train more counsellors to reach more children. All counsellors can learn more and improve their knowledge and they also know that children are very important. After 3 days of training program finished they go back to their local churches with joy and love. Before camping event started they spend time together to prepare and pray for all things which they will do with the children during camps event.
Our camping event usually starts in the beginning of April every year. There are a lot of children come to join our camping and they spent time with their counsellors having a good relationship. It is a time of fellowship. They get to know each other well and they have fun together in our activities, especially they learn more about Jesus Christ and worship Him. Children are very happy and they enjoy having food together and play together.
At the end of our program many children have decided to accept Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour. This year we had a great result even though we have limited money. I see that this program make them known their daily practice in their daily life. The kids get benefits from this program, the counsellors are stronger in their faith and they find out their joy in serving children, pastors and leaders have good relationship with their youth and the church start to grow and have more joy. All the glories to the Living God!
After camp event finished we do not leave them alone we continue to have good relationship with them every Sunday. We have many program and activities with children in the hold year to follow up them to be strong and grow up in their faith.
Through children program I see that our country receive many blessings! Many churches have activities with children. The churches are interested in children. They start to think and care about children. They see the importance and potential of children. The country can be transformed through children. Children can change their families, communities and the whole nation! Amen,
On behalf of CCC staffs and all local churches in Cambodia I would like to say thanks to all of you so much that always keep us in your prayer. You show your love and your care for children in Cambodia through your actions of involving and supporting us. We are so blessed! We keep you all in our prayer as well. May the Living God bless you all abundantly for your hard work!
Cambodia Children’s Camps Director
In 2 Timothy, chapter 2, Paul says:
You have heard me teach in front of many witnesses. Pass on to men you can trust the things you’ve heard me say. Then they will be able to teach others also.
It is such a great encouragement to see so many of the children who attend camp return to be camp counselors as they get older. Over 80% of those who attended camp in the first few years became involved in ministry in one form or another.
They heard about Jesus at camp; continued to learn about Him during weekly follow-up programs, came to know Him as Saviour, and grew in that knowledge so that they were able to teach others.
This is key in the disciple-making process and it always has been.
Carol Stream in The Magnetic fellowship: reaching and keeping people answers the question, “What should a disciple-making strategy include to be effective?”
The strategy should seek to foster genuine caring relationships between a variety of members and the potential disciple. It should also seek to involve the potential disciple in several appropriate groups and church programs where new friendships can be made. The more exposures a non-Christian can have to the person of Christ through his people and the church, the more complete his or her understanding of Christ and his love.
This is why the weekly follow up programs are so vital to the success of the ministry of Children’s Camps International. It is there that relationships are built and real discipleship occurs. It is there that lives are transformed.
And we see those transformed lives in action as they take on leadership roles in the church and lead others to know Christ.
 New International Reader’s Version. (1998). (1st ed., 2 Ti 2:2). Zondervan.
 Weeden, L. K. (Ed.). (1988). The Magnetic fellowship: reaching and keeping people (Vol. 15, p. 114). Carol Stream, IL; Waco, TX: Christianity Today, Inc.; Word Books.
A little five year old girl in Brazil would come home from her small group discipleship class with her memory verses in hand. As soon as she got home her father would rip those little memory cards into pieces. Every week it was the same thing.
A little while later the father got a call from the school. They wanted to know what teaching methods he was using at home. He didn’t understand. They said that his daughter was well ahead of the rest of the class and was reading at a high level for her age. They were just wondering if he was doing something different at home.
The man congratulated his daughter and asked how she had learned to read so well. She replied, ” Daddy, I had to learn to read. You tear up my memory verses as soon as I get home and I had to learn to read so that I could put them back together.”
That father now takes his daughter to church every Sunday and attends himself.
Isn’t it amazing how a hardened heart can be changed by the faith of a little child.
But there is a problem. The cost of printing is very high in Brazil and that means that it is very expensive to print up those memory verses and all the follow up materials. Our partners in Brazil are printing this material on a home printer right now. In fact, that is what has stalled the growth of our camps in Brazil; the cost of printing. There are churches waiting to become involved with us once the materials can be printed.
You Can Make a Difference
Please head over to our store. (Click on the Donate button below.) Scroll down to Bibles & Lesson Materials and make a donation of just $25.00 to help with these printing costs so that more children can go to camp and be involved in these follow-up groups. Just add Brazil in the comments section as you check out.
This May we sent 205,000 kids to camp in India. That equates to every child between five and fifteen in the entire province of Manitoba. And in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. And over 20 thousand more.
If those children held hands they would make a line from Winnipeg to Brandon and beyond.
If we took a penny for each child and stacked them, it would be higher than the Richardson Building piled on top of the RBC Building, both of these piled on top of a 12 storey building.
If we piled 205,000 five dollar bills it would reach over 22 metres. And the interesting thing is that, this is the exactly what it costs for these kids to attend a week of camp and a year of weekly discipleship programming at their local church. Five dollars.
There are over 2000 churches on a waiting list who really want to be a part of this ministry.
Over 2000 years ago a man who spent all his time and energy trying to prove that Jesus was not God, went through a life changing experience and began to preach Christ as Lord.
Let’s see how Paul describes it himself as we read about it in Acts 22:
Then Paul said: 3 “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was thoroughly trained in the law of our ancestors. I was just as zealous for God as any of you are today. 4 I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison, 5 as the high priest and all the Council can themselves testify. I even obtained letters from them to their associates in Damascus, and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished.
6 “About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. 7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?’
8 “ ‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked.
“ ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. 9 My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me.
10 “ ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ I asked.
“ ‘Get up,’ the Lord said, ‘and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.’ 11 My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.
12 “A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there. 13 He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very moment I was able to see him.
14 “Then he said: ‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. 15 You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard. 16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’ 
The New International Version. (2011). (Ac 22:2–16). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Praise God, that same kind of life turnaround is still happening today. Read Amala’s story (in his own words)
My name is Amala Rani, I am in grade 8. I have two other younger sisters. This summer in May, my sisters and myself attended 5 days of camp. We went there because there was free lunch at the camp. My parents are atheists, so they don’t encourage us to pray to any gods. My dad usually argues with Christians and tries to prove that Jesus is not a God. I have seen few times arguing with Christians and other religious people. One day myself and my sisters got free New Testament from Gideon’s at our school. When my dad saw those New Testaments, he put them in garbage. He said that Christians are trying to convert ignorant people in our country. He had bad opinion towards Christian religion. Because of the free meal and sports, my parents sent us to the 5 day camp. There we got many good friends. We wanted to meet our friends regularly, so we pleaded our parents to take us to Sunday church. Now we have been attending an evangelical church in our village for last 3 months. My parents also got good friends at the church. So now my parents also interested in attending regular Sunday service and house bible study. My parents accepted Jesus as God and personal saviour now. Hopefully they will get baptism in few months. One day my dad threw the bible in garbage, but now he holds bible in his hand and goes to church. Even neighbours look this as strange. Before he used to argue against Jesus Christ, but now he tries his best to prove that Jesus Christ is Lord and saviour to his friends. He will bring others to Jesus Christ. All this happened because of the Summer camp “ Prayer Brings Victory”
Told By Amala Rani – Written by Pastor. Mahimairaj – Thiruvarur District
Amala’s father may not have had the same dramatic conversion that Saul did. Saul was stunned by the voice and blinded by the light that flashed around him on the road to Damascus, and he crumpled to the ground. And his world crumpled too. Everything that Saul had believed was suddenly revealed to be completely in conflict with the truth he now knew.
Even without the flash of light and the blindness, Amala’s father came to the same understanding, that his worldview was twisted and he had to flip it around 180 degrees.
Many of us wish we had a more ‘dramatic’ testimony to share with others but it is not the flash of light that is important it is the 180 degree turn, from not following God, to following Him. For some it can be as simple finding some good friends at church.
Amala’s father came to know Christ the same way most of us have come to know him.
- Someone prayed for him. Note Amala’s last words “Prayer brings victory.”
- He was invited to church.
- He made good friends there.
- Someone shared the Good News with him.
It can be hard to pray for someone who argues with us that Jesus cannot be God and that we must be ignorant to believe that. However, it is only by prayer that their spiritual blindness can be removed.
We need to keep praying
Very few people come out to church without an invitation. It is our job to invite them. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association did a survey and found that over 80% of those who came forward at one of their events had come on a church bus or van.
We need to keep inviting.
If a newcomer to church does not make a few good friends in the first several weeks of attending, they are likely to stop coming out. I once saw a pastor who had a 90 second rule. He instructed us to find someone new and speak with them within the first 90 seconds after the service was finished. Our friends would wait but the newcomers would be gone if we talked to out friends first.
We need to keep making new friends at church.
It is obvious that every pre-Christian needs to have the Gospel clearly explained. I know so many people who claim that they cannot be a part of the Great Commission because they are not ‘gifted’ in evangelism. That has nothing to do with the command. The command is to make disciples, whether you are gifted or not. This is not an optional part of our Christian life. It is the core of it.
We need to keep sharing the Good News.
Are you doing all four? Some may have to answer that they are not doing even one of these. It is not a good idea to feel guilty about this. It is time to change it.
Pray Invite Make Friends Share the Good News
We have just started camps in Brazil and, as always happens, the opportunities far outweigh the resources. We had 120 kids at this camp but will have 160 kids in the followup program.
He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Luke 10:2 NIV
They do things a little bit different with the followup in Brazil. They work in small groups for followup. Each group is about ten kids and is led by a youth from the local church who has been trained as a leader. These leaders then meet with the children every week for a couple of hours; playing, singing, and sharing the lessons. They are trained in how to interact with the children, how to share the lessons, and most importantly, how to play with them.
I was lucky enough to see both a camp and a small group in action when I visited Brazil recently. The children were totally engaged and highly motivated to learn the lessons. They wanted to solve the mysteries and earn the “metres” to “complete the trail”. Most, if not all, of the children in the small groups have no church affiliation. It is during these followup sessions that they build a relationship with the leader and then can be introduced into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
We have a wonderful couple who run the Brazilian ministry who have a real heart to reach the children and they have found others who have that same passion to work with them. Brazil is going through some tough economical times. And their government may have some ethical problems, (while I was there the former President of Brazil was brought in questioning about alleged money laundering). But the future of any country is in its children. And if the CAMP ministry continues as it has, that will mean a great future for Brazil.
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We recently received a great reminder to be thankful for all that we have. After we had presented at a camp recently, the woman who ran this camp thanked us for helping them put the camp on and helping to feed the children there. She then mentioned how excited the children were to receive pineapple and watermelon as part of their lunch.
We were quite surprised by this as we saw these fruits at almost every meal we had. In fact, that is one things we look forward to every time we head south, fresh pineapple. But it turns out that, for the children at this camp, even these fruits are a treat as they so rarely get them.
We were also told that most of the fathers of these campers worked in the sugar cane harvest and that they would receive their last paycheck of the year in about a week. So it looked like they wouldn’t have these treats anytime soon.
This woman was in tears as she thanked us for the camps and we in turn need to thank you. Everyone who supports Children’s Camps International had a hand in supplying these treats of pineapple and watermelon. And we do want to thank you for that support. You helped us to supply over three quarter of a million meals to children in developing countries like India, Cambodia, Fiji, Kenya, Belize, and Cuba.
In addition, these children all had the Gospel of Jesus Christ shared with them. And they will have weekly follow up programs for the next year.
Are you thankful for the ‘pineapples’ in your life?
What do you take for granted?
David is only nine years old but I think he is super. He has collected money in a cardboard box over the last year. The task is perfectly kid sized but has a superhero sized impact.
We just finished another Mini-MissionFest at MissionFest Manitoba. About six years ago we changed the children’s program to one that not just cared for the kids but also taught them about missions. Three years ago we changed the name to Mini-MissionFest.
We have been able to have missionaries (other than ourselves) speak to the kids and share about their experiences. They have heard from missionaries from the Philippines, from Africa, and India. And they have learned about a number of the great missionaries.
We also use the opportunity to teach these children how they can be involved in missions.
Pray for missionaries. This can be really effective if we have a missionary who has spoken to them and shared prayer requests such as Gracia Burnam did a few years back.
Offer themselves as missionaries. They are asked to give their lives completely over to God. When reading the biographies of many missionaries we have found that they got a heart for missions at an early age.
Give to missions. Most children do not realize the impact that they can have in this way so we show them how they can make an eternal difference. By putting just ten cents in a bank every week, they will save over $5.00 and can pay to have a child attend Bible Camp in India for a week AND attend follow up program for a full year. The older kids can save $1.00 a week and send ten kids to camp.
Just after our session on giving, young nine year old David handed me a bank that he had made at Mini-MissionFest last year. He had saved enough to send a couple of kids to camp and wanted to make sure that they got to go this summer.
Don’t You Think He Is Super?