AWANA Honor Camp 2009

Kids , April 18, 2009

We just got back from the AWANA Honor Camp today with Anushka and Reuben. They represented EBCI in this year’s camp. It’s all our first time to attend the camp and to my surprise, majority of the staff and campers are Filipinos and very few children from India. Well, that wouldn’t have been a surprise if I have known that the organizers were from FCC (Filipino Christian Church). Hehehehe!
We made new friends and met old ones. Who would have thought I would meet my high school friend Joy there? She is the camp director, — I’m so proud of you, Joy!
This year’s theme was “I am happy I am me” derived from Psalms 139:14 ” I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.” I will be blogging my own thoughts about the theme on my next entries.
The camp was held in Cassells Hotel and Resort in Ghantoot, Abu Dhabi. I will give more details on a separate blog dedicated for the hotel and their friendliness. Today, I will note more about the events that transpired during the camp.
Besides the usual Bible verse recitation, games and singing of the camp theme song, the kids were asked to prepare a presentation for the Talent/ Cultural Show for Friday night under the supervision of the staff. They were assigned a nation and present how this nation celebrate Christmas. Seems the Talent theme doesn’t relate to the Camp Theme. Hmm?
Next day, our friend David, a youth Pastor from EBCI came and delivered a great message about being God’s creation and how all of us are created to glorify our Creator. There were also video clips about Nick Vujicic. His story is very inspiring. I will be blogging about him later also.

Everybody was also given personal time to enjoy the other amenities of the hotel. We went swimming, some played basketball, some play billiards and others just strolled on the beach. Overall, most of the kids enjoyed though some of the older kids thought it was boring. I think this is quite normal for teenagers thinking they are all grown up.
We really appreciate the organizers for doing a good job though there are really areas for improvement. I just pray that the message of the camp sank into the hearts of the children who attended.

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