Impact of Swamp Corps on Southern Africa! Featured

Written by  Rodwell Moguchi Friday, 28 March 2014 15:52
Look at the nations and watch and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told” -- Habakkuk 1:5.

We still cannot believe what God has done for us in the past three years within the Southern Africa family of churches. It has been amazing to watch God work and help us revive camp for our children.

YCLogoAmong the 18 churches in 12 countries in Southern Africa, our camp journey had risen and died several years back.  A new generation of kingdom kids had grown up to become teens with no idea of what a church-led camp was like. Their idea of camp had been a mixed bag of the school camps they had attended and stories told to them by a generation of teens before them. We are grateful to our church leaders who were aggressive to meet this need by inviting the Swamp Corps to come, teach and partner with our family of churches on how to run camp in the years 2012, 2013 & 2014.

Our first year was a complete mind shift, as we had to empty our past camp ideas and watch a 45-member Swamp Corps Team show us how to run camp. The impact to the 204 campers registered was electric as we saw young hearts falling in love with being at camp and with God.

swamp corps southern africa, icocAfter the first camp, the love and appetite for camp spread like wildfire throughout the fellowship. When registration opened for the second year those who had missed camp the first year were the first in line to register. 184 campers were registered in the second year. Once more the Swamp Corps sent a 34-member team who at this stage expected us to share 50/50 the camp running responsibilities. The campers' hearts were steered closer to God and we started seeing some of our older kids making the decision to follow Christ.
 
In the third year, we made a decision to run two weeks of camp instead of one week because of the desire by many of our kids to attend camp. God was gracious as we had a total of 281 campers register.   The Swamp Corps sent a 55-member team this time to come, observe, inspire and guide us as we ran camp using the tools they had taught us in the first two years. Many lessons were learned in this experience and as the scripture says, ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive,’ we have seen those who came to serve at camp being inspired and their dreams for God reignited. In gratitude a few of them shared the following:

I am so grateful that I've been able to serve three consecutive years! I love how people of all ages, races and backgrounds can come together and praise God” -- Linzi Comrie

Swamp Corps Southern Africa, ICOCWithout camp, I do not think I would’ve found the courage to finally chase after my dream of the mission, and for that I'll be forever grateful” -- Tumi Matsapola

Camp has shown me the value that we have in the kingdom, the effect that older teens can have on those around them and given me a tangible feeling of Gods love” -- Remo Tlale

Our prayer is that every child in our fellowship gets to have this kind of camp experience. Please pray for us to keep the camp seed that was planted by the Swamp Corps alive in Southern Africa.

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