The Friendship Camp or FCAMP is a spiritual activity initiated by the committed leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The recently conducted FCAMP last April 15-21, 2012 held at Mariano’s River View Resort, Brgy. Sto. Tomas, Loreto, Agusan del Sur which was participated by the youths of the districts of Loreto, Lapaz and Talacogon was one of the most memorable and amazing moments in my life.
It was such a great honor for me to be one among the selected facilitators to the said activity. At first, I was hesitant to accept the responsibility being a facilitator, because of fear that I cannot perform the task being entrusted to me. But with God’s guidance I was able to share my talents in singing and bringing spiritual message.
Being a facilitator was not an easy job. Sometimes you have to act like a teacher to your teammates; do Bible studies and lectures; give lessons and sharing of ideas regarding their understanding of the given texts from the Bible. Latest action songs and short choruses were being introduced to the members of the team. Different exciting and challenging activities were all participated well.
Despite of the sleepless nights and restless days, I still enjoy the company of the campers, co-facilitators, pastors and our camp director the whole period of camping. I felt enlightened with the Holy Spirit when the time I gave lectures to the group and they also listened attentively. I gained self-satisfaction upon seeing the smiling faces of my group members for every accomplishment we achieved. Although there were minor problems we encountered during the FCAMP but we were able to manage and solve them accordingly.
Our efforts as facilitators were not wasted and our prayers were heard and granted when all of the non-Adventist participants decided to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and be a member of our church-The Seventh-day Adventist. I had been emotionally touched when one of the members of my group had thanked me for helping her realized the importance of salvation. I considered it as my great success being an effective leader to the group. That FCAMP changed me a lot. I developed my skills being an Adventist Youth Leader. It helped me improve my communication skills. It also tightened my relationship with God. I’ll miss all the people I’ve met there.
Now, it is my new challenge to take care of the new members of our church. I promise to do the best that I can as an AY Leader. I will end my impression by saying. “Never get tired of serving God because it is only HIM that you can feel the greatest happiness in your life” Live life to the fullest with Him!
God bless us all!