Cambodia Camps 2017

Celebrating 13 Years of Cambodia Bible Camps

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

Director’s Musings

Greeting,

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!

Sincerely,
Cambodia Children’s Camps Director
Sophanna Tith

Are You Thankful For Pineapple?

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?

Who Said You Needed To Be Grown Up To Be Super?

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.

They can:

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.

 

They will.

Don’t You Think He Is Super?

How Did $5 Change Josh Forever & How Did Josh Changed So Many Others?

JoshI`d like you to meet Josh. Several year’s ago, when Josh was 12, he had never been to a church.  He was from a Hindu family in a small village that had no church.  Someone knocked on his door in November of 2009 and invited him to a church camp to be held in his village during Christmas break.  As a matter of fact a local pastor and his team personally invited each and every child in that village, and in the neighbouring villages to camp. Josh attended the four days of camp and learned for the very first time that God loved him and wanted to have a personal relationship with him.  Josh took that opportunity to invite Christ to be his Lord and Saviour.  Josh started to attend the church that was planted in his village because of that camp.  He soon invited his parentsMakeshift Shade to attend too.  In fact, his mother, father, uncles, brothers and sister-in-law now attend this church. I remember that camp from 2009.  As there was no church in the village, the camp was held in an open field. I remember that the sun was beating down on us and that shortly after our presentation the pastor and his team held a tarp over the campers’ heads in order to give them a little bit of shade. 

Josh was 12 years old at that camp.  I saw Josh again two year later.  Josh was then 14 years old and he is a counsellor at that years camp.  He is now helping to lead others to Christ.

That is what it is all about; fully transformed lives. Lives that were changed just two years ago, helping to change lives today.  This is the same thing that happened in India.  Those that attended the camps in the first few years are now councellors, running the camps, or in ministry elsewhere.

It took a team to reach out to Josh.  It took someone to ask the local pastor to hold a camp. It took the local pastor and his team to invite him to camp. It took someone to personally share Christ with Josh. It took someone to run the follow-up program every week. Most importantly it took someone to pay $5.00 so that Josh could attend camp and a full year of follow up programs in his village.

As we begin this new year, how many kids can you send to camp?

How many lives will be affected by your donation? (Moms, Dads, Uncles, Brother, Sisters-in-law?)

Will you help create another young evangelist like Josh?

Click HERE or give us a call at 204-331-4003 and talk to Shirley.  She is there to help you make an eternal difference.

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