For the 88 youths who joined Camp Forever 22: Metamorphosis, it was more than the usual youth camp fun. The feedback from the campers were very encouraging and hopeful:
“I learned how important it is to connect with God and to seek His forgiveness for the sins I committed.” – Edsel
“Because God is great I need to trust only Him for my salvation.” – Mark John
“God’s Word hit my heart hard. I realized that my actions have displeased Him greatly.” – Jan Jan
“To love God more that I love myself is the one lesson I will remember. I cannot change by myself, I need God. Apart from Him, I can do nothing…I know that change for the better is a gradual process and it is not easy. But nothing is impossible with God.” – Jobert
“I am made aware that sinning should not be made a habit. I should confess it to God and surrender my life to Him. Jesus alone can change me.” – Anonymous
Camp Forever was held on December 26-30, 2016 at SMO Promised Land in Murcia, Negros Occ. This is an annual evangelistic youth camp organized by SMO Bacolod.
During the camp, the youths joined early morning small group devotions, listen to morning and evening challenges, participate in group dynamics that teach valuable lessons on unity, cooperation, and how it is to be a good leader and a follower or team player. They also participated in presentations that include acting and singing.
As part of tradition, the youths were divided into four teams that were named: Advengers, Cross Aiders, Eagle’s Eye, and Zion.
For the first time in Camp Forever, 14 Singaporean youths with their leaders, spearheaded by Bro. Darrel Tan, participated; they represented Zion Bible Presbyterian Church, one of SMO’s ministry partners.
Our speakers include our alumni, Raymie Villanueva, Anjo Tejamo, and Xerwin Ceballos, SMO-BTI faculty, Pastor Darryl Roque and Pastor Aeron Caldeo, and Zion BP Church staff, Bro. Darrel Tan. The Afterglow Singing Ministry were guest singers in one of the evening presentations. SMO National Director, Nenita del Mundo also gave a challenge to the youths to consider studying at SMO Bible Training Institute in the future.
Our Speakers (from left to right): Raymie Villanueva, Anjo Tejamo, Pastor Aeron Caldeo, Xerwin Ceballos, Pastor Darryl Roque, and Darrel Tan.
SMO Bacolod Coordinator and Camp Forever Director, Pastor Elmer Genol, expressed his deep gratitude, in behalf of the ministry, to alumni and ministry partners who supported in prayers and financial contributions. Most of the contributions that were received went to cover for the registration fees of the campers (who mostly come from low income family). He also thank the staff, SMO-BTI students, and volunteers who tirelessly worked hard all throughout the camp; to the speakers who prepared well in giving a Gospel-saturated and Christ-centered messages; and to God Who powerfully worked in the lives of the staff, youths, and others who were involved.
Team Games and Group Dynamics