September 10, 2011
JEC Powercamp 2011 was held in Hotel Kimberly, August 26-29 2011. Pastor Reuel Tica as the theme speaker and Rev. David Cheung as the guest speaker.
Semper Fidelis. Always Faithful. This is the motto of the United States Marine Corps that was used as the theme for this year’s Powercamp.
Aptly chosen, the theme suited the problem of today’s generation of being inconsistent and easily distracted. The speaker, Pastor Reuel Tica, used the lives of well-known Old Testament characters to show what it means to have faith and to be faithful.
Noah, by faith, followed God’s command to build the ark despite the ridicule he possibly received from his neighbors. Despite the threat of losing his only son, Abraham was obedient and faithful to God to sacrifice Isaac. Joseph, although faced with the seeming failure of being imprisoned by Potiphar, witnessed God’s faithfulness by placing him in charge of the whole land of Egypt. And hearing God’s call, Moses was obedient to God as he was called to free the Israelites out of Egypt.
Through their lives, the speaker was able to show how much we need to be consistent and obedient to God’s call. Being righteous, as Pastor Tica mentioned, doesn’t happen once a week. We cannot wear a jacket that says “Christian” only on Sundays, and then put it behind once we leave the church. We have to be faithful and follow where God wants us to go. In the process, we may face many trials but this provides God the opportunity to show his faithfulness to us.
Along with the fitting message, the camp was filled with fun as it started out with Mystery Night. The campers were given a storybook character which they should dress up as. Each had their own unique costumes but in the end, it was Little Red Riding Hood and Mad Hatter that ended up as the Best in Costume. The fun continued on with some group games patterned after the game show “Minute to Win It.” The campers were divided into 4 teams, and everyone was able to participate. Not to be outdone, the speaker also had a few jokes and some special numbers to make the sessions entertaining.
After four days of Spirit-filled learning and fellowship, the camp had to end. But the challenge posed to the campers still remains.
Will you be Semper Fidelis?
Read the Testimony and Thanksgiving of Hansen Ngo, the Powercamp 2011 Coordinator here