LHMT Director and Staff Go Camping

Under the theme “Stand Firm” the annual Thailand Concordia Lutheran Church (TCLC) Youth Camp was held at the Church of Christ in Thailand training center in Pranburi District in Prachuapkirikhan Province from May 2-5, 2016. Our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff played significant roles in conducting the Camp. Our staff planned and led most of activities and assisted with some of the others. We also provided opportunities for the youth to purchase Christian books and other materials, Christian music CDs, clothing and jewelry from our Christian bookstore.

More than 60 youth and more than 20 adults from churches in northern, central and southern Thailand attended the camp. Some of the activities were designed to help the youth meet and get to know Lutheran young people from different parts of Thailand. Other activities focused on helping the campers learn how to plan and work together.

The Bible teachings during this Youth Camp were taught by several TCLC pastors and focused on how the youth can be strong and stand firm in their faith. Much time was spent studying the Bible and Luther’s Small Catechism in large groups. Several small groups led the devotion times each day.

In addition to the usual teaching sessions and activities, the second day of the camp included a time when all of the Christian organizations involved with the Youth Camp were introduced, so that everyone could learn about the different types of ministry that are being done in Thailand.

A special activity was planned for the third day. After lunch everyone from the camp was taken to a nearby beach for an afternoon of games and competitions in the sand and free time to play in the water. For a number of the campers this was the first time that they had ever gone to a beach or seen the ocean.

The day ended with a camp fire. At the beginning of the camp all of the youth were divided into 4 teams. At the camp fire each of the 4 teams did a skit that they prepared based on the “Stand Firm” camp theme, which provided some good entertainment. One team included the 5-finger Gospel presentation they learned from LHMT, which uses the fingers of a hand to remind them of the 5 points to share. LCMS missionary Dennis Denow did the closing encouragement that gave the campers 4 points to help them Stand Firm after they return home from the Camp.

The TCLC Youth Camp came to a close with lunch on Thursday, May 5, 2016. The morning activities included a devotion led by one of the youth teams, some final activities, feedback from the youth regarding their experiences during the camp and everyone meeting their secret “Buddies” and the final exchange of small gifts. Many tears were shed as everyone said goodbye to each other, as some very close relationships were built during the camp. The TCLC leaders hope that these relationships will continue and even grow between now and next year’s Youth Camp as many of the campers remain in contact through the internet and social media. We thank God for His many blessings during the Camp and for giving safe travel home to all participants from across Thailand.

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