Summer Youth Camps

This summer (winter in the U.S. and U.K.), the Anglican youth ministry hosted weekend camps for its teenagers (“adolesentes,” ages 12-17) and young adults (“jovenes,” ages 17-25) throughout Peru.

At a camp for teens in Lima, the theme was “Adoradores en el Espiritu y Verdad,” or Worship in the Spirit and Truth.

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This beautiful setting near the ocean allowed the city kids to enjoy God’s beautiful creation while studying his Word.

Using the story of the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:1-42), the youth talked about how to worship God in various aspects of their lives–in their family lives, out in their communities, and in their spiritual lives–by studying the Bible, going to church, participating in the eucharist, and constantly maintaining a relationship with God.

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Applying the Bible to a very practical aspect of their lives, separated groups of young boys and young girls reflected on what a “perfect spouse” would look like. They then dug deeper into what the Bible had to say about this important topic.

They were encouraged to see that, beyond believing in God, they need to worship him through their everyday actions.

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And of course, there was lots of plain old fun!

Teens and young adults from our churches in the southern region of Peru enjoyed  a camp in Arequipa.

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For this camp, the theme was “Sal y Luz del Mundo,” or Salt and Light of the World.

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After the first night’s “charla,” or talk, about being the light of the world.

Throughout the camp, the youth broke into small groups to talk about bringing their faith into their everyday lives and being Jesus to their families and communities.

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Sharing with youth leader Paul Tester (U.K. missionary) during one of the small-group break-out sessions.

In a wonderful example of leaders being raised up from local churches, this group of youth from our church in Juliaca (Santa María Magdalena) and two churches in Arequipa (San Lucas and Cristo Redentor) were elected to serve on next year’s leadership team in the southern region of Peru.

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And throughout the camp, there was plenty of time to relax, play some games, and have fun.

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A game of water-balloon toss on a warm summer day.

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