This vibrant camp hosted by the Brunstad Christian Church in South Africa (BCCSA), was last held in 2019. Unfortunately, the continuance of this annual event was interrupted by the Covid pandemic, and in 2020 and 2021 it had to be cancelled due to travel and other restrictions imposed by governments around the world.
Thankfully with most restrictions lifted, in April 2022 the Camp once again appeared on the church calendar, much to the delight of the young people from the BCC fellowships/congregations throughout Africa. Registrations to participate in the Camp were received from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa and even from some European countries such as France and The Netherlands. Camp Africa is most certainly an eagerly anticipated event, as was confirmed by a participant from Kenya when she said: “When I was told that I would be attending Camp Africa I was very happy, I knew I would really gain a lot, more so from the Word of God that would be preached.”
Camp Africa is aimed at young people over the age of 18 (who are mentors to the younger youth in the BCC church) and is organised in such a way that there is a good balance between spiritual edification and recreational activities. This year guest speakers from Norway attended the camp and their messages at the youth services were rich in edification and encouragement. There was also a very enlightening panel discussion with Gershon Twilley, one of the guest speakers and Tielman Slabbert, the leader of BCCSA. Spiritual growth is always a very important aspect of BCC camps as the young people learn to put the gospel to practical use in their circumstances. At youth services held during the camps, they are encouraged to testify and in this way they get to know each other on a different level and become united in their desire to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
The wide range of recreational activities organised for the Camp encouraged fellowship as well as teamwork and offered opportunities for participants to learn new skills and take part in activities they are interested in and enjoy. The various sports tournaments and physical challenges available were very popular, but there were also activities such as DIY, baking, photography, music, MasterChef to name but a few. So, in short there was something for everyone!
A comment from one of the participants bears testament to the fact that the purpose and goals of BCC camps are being met…
“During activities and informal fellowships, the spirit of unity amongst the young people stood out. Young people from all over Africa breaking all the barriers and having it good together. This only happens if I take heed to myself and the gospel.” (Timothy Anditi – Kenya)