Junior Youth Summer Camp in Ainjar - Lebanon (August 13-19, 2012)

Junior Youth ministry is a dynamic part of the mission of the Armenian Evangelical Churches and Schools in Lebanon. Summer camps are considered the climax of our ministry.

The speaker was Mrs. Seta Kejelian (NEST graduate, BA in Christian Education), talked around the theme of this year “Fears”. Some of the sessions were about “Phobias”, “Fear vs. Anxiety”, “Internal and External Reasons for Fears”, “Parents Fear towards Their Teenage Children”, “Fear in Relationships”, and finally, the real meaning of “Fear of God”. It was challenging for the campers (92 teenagers) to be aware of the fears, anxieties and phobias around them, the importance of dealing with such pressures, understand them, and to favor in growing in God, after understanding the real meaning of the fear of God.

Our daily schedule was full. The campers woke up, had breakfast, quiet time with God, worship, , break into study groups, session, snack break, workshops (NEWS, Video-Clip, Drama, Dessert, Art, and Dance), lunch, leaders meeting, , outdoor activities and games, shower time, dinner, evening activities and games, sing song, and ended our day with prayer time.

The commitment night was the highlight of the camp. Many campers devoted their lives to Christ for the first time, and others had the chance to renew their vows in Christ Jesus our Savior.

On Sunday, we participated in Sunday morning worship at Armenian Evangelical Ainjar Church, our campers sang two new songs they learnt at camp, and two of the youth gave their testimonies of how God worked in their lives, and how they have committed their lives to Christ.

Pastor Datev Basmajian, the youth worker of the Armenian Evangelical Churches CE Union, was the leader of the junior youth camp. The counselors were, Mrs. Talin Meserlian, Miss Shushan Artinian, Miss Nanor Kelenjian, Miss Arine Baghdoyan, Mr. Shahan Kilaghabian, Mr. Shant Aynilian, Mr. Hagop Akbasharian, and Mr. Jiro Ghazarian. We also had 3 helpers this year, Miss. Gacia Danaoghlian, Mr. Njteh Mekhsian, and Mr. Hagop Kerkezian. They have committed their time, effort, service, focus, and availability to make this camp an event that would glorify our Lord Jesus Christ.

Currently we are planning a one-day-retreat in KCHAG, as follow up. We will be inviting the campers and have a one day event at KCHAG, follow up on them, inquire about the decisions made back in summer camp, and encourage them to be different among their peers.

I thank the leaders, the speaker, the AMAA, local supporters, Ainjar boarding school staff, and last but not least God, that made this camp happen. I believe that from the first of our planning meeting until now, we were blessed by his presence, guidance, grace, and power.

For His Glory, Amen.