On 17-19 July, we conducted our biennial volunteer camp at Port Dickson. The theme of the camp was “Renewing”. Thank God that a total of 88 people joined this camp – 69 of them were our volunteers.
Who are our volunteers? They range from college students to working adults. Volunteers are instrumental in keeping our ministry going and enabling us to carry out all the different activities in our ministry. In fact, it would not be far-fetched to say that there is not one activity that we carry out which does not rely on volunteers to accomplish our aims. So, this camp is held every two years with two main aims – to express our appreciation for their contribution and to further equip and encourage the volunteers to continue to serve God together with us.
The speaker of the camp was Rev Tan Meng Poo, the Vice-President of Our Daily Bread Ministries, and also a board member of Malaysia Youth For Christ. Teaching from the life of three kings recorded in 2 Chronicles, Rev. Tan encouraged the volunteers to finish well after starting well in ministry. He stressed that loyalty to God and fear of God are important to anchor us to God’s will and keeping us faithful. Mixing his own personal experience into his message, Rev Tan helped the volunteers do some self-check and reminded everyone what every Christian’s priorities should be.
The camp also included time for the volunteers to pick up some ideas about handling family and working life – topics which are very important for volunteers as they juggle the many demands of study, work, family, church and relationships. The staffs also shared with the volunteers the plan and direction for the ministry in the next 1-2 years.
At the end of the camp, everyone prayed for God to bless and guide the ministry so that we would fulfil the mandate God has given to us to preach the gospel to non-Christian young people and equip Christians in youth evangelism.