On Saturday, June 16, 2017, we welcomed another IYF World Camp at the Mico University College. The atmosphere was filled with excitement and eager anticipation as volunteers were spotted dashing back and forth painting the campus with their red and blue shirts. Over 200 Camp participants, although a bit uncertain as to what to expect, especially given the rainy weather, all flocked the campus with their bright smiles. It was time for the show to begin!
After campers were registered, the opening ceremony started. Our IYF Righteous Stars dancers took to the stage first, delivering the joy of the gospel through their dance. We also journeyed throughout the world with a culture dance from Fiji, as well as musical performance form our IYF quartet. What really set the pace for the hearts of our campers was the message from our IYF Director, Pastor Lim, who delivered true hope to all who were present. The first night held a lot of promises for what was to come and all were excited to share it together.
The second day of the camp kicked off with early morning warmups. Despite the rain, campers were determined to find the treasure inside the camp. They could be seen running around with bright smiles, especially during the afternoon IYF mindset games.
Mindset Education lecturers delved into core challenges of the youth, with topics on Isolation and Mindset Levels. Students could then realize that everything was stemming from having a closed heart.
Campers had an opportunity to participate in academies, or special interest areas such as Spanish, Korean and Cooking. Although quite shy in the beginning, they soon could come out of themselves and actively participate in the sessions.
The evening was one to remember as volunteers dazzled the stages with their wide array of cultural performances in the form of song, dance and play. The IYF’s Righteous star dancers took the stage with their big energy and bright smiles with “Better when I’m dancing.” The South American Dance, “La Ola” was performed by students who visited South America as volunteers for one year. Through this dance, they could express the true joy they experienced while volunteering.
The play team also introduced their production “The King’s Kindness.” This play’s message was to emphasize the power of mercy. The King’s true wisdom stemmed from his ability to think twice about situations. This ability to think beyond the first level was what eventually saved not only his kingdom, but also his life.
By this time, campers were settled and could anticipate the schedule and its order. The morning performances brought joy to everyone’s hearts as they listened to the various musical performances as well as the morning message by our world camp Guest speaker, Director Lim from the IYF Atlanta branch. In the afternoon, campers had a chance to showcase their talent through our “IYF got talent” event. It was an afternoon filled with fun and laughter as students could throw away themselves and join hearts as one team.
The world camp came to a close at the Emancipation Park on Sunday, June 19. Many volunteers invited their family members and friends to come out and enjoy the evening’s performances. The stage was very diverse as we journeyed all over the world with a myriad of culture performances from South Korea, US, South America and Fiji. Although the campers were tired form the day’s activities, they were able to pour their hearts into their final performances with true happiness. At the camp’s end, it was a tearful moment. It really was difficult to say goodbye, especially after spending so much time together for four days as teams. The resolve was not to say goodbye but instead see you later, at the 2018 IYF World Camp.