July 2-8, 2012
General Assembly News
2012 “I Love Taiwan Mission Camp” begins
Reported by Sam Lee
Written by Lydia Ma
PCT’s annual “I Love Taiwan Mission Camp” (ILT) began on June 27, 2012 as 47 youths from 11 countries from around the world came to Taiwan and joined 94 Taiwanese youths in Taipei at Wesley Grove in Yangmingshan. This is the 10th time that the PCT’s Youth Ministry Committee has sponsored such a camp, which is scheduled to take place from June 27 until July 14.
The main purpose of ILT is to help youths understand Taiwan and the PCT better. For this reason, seminar topics include an introduction of the PCT as a church, the development of Taiwanese democracy, PCT’s efforts in promoting a nuclear-free country and advancing human rights, and more. After attending seminars and lectures, participants will be sent to various local churches or Christian organizations to serve. After 2 weeks, they will reconvene to share their experiences at a debriefing session.
The theme of this year’s ILT camp is “Experience Taiwan, Experience Love”. The Youth Ministry Committee Secretary, Etan Pavavalung, told Taiwan Church News that he hoped to use this theme to help youths understand that “Taiwan is a beautiful and indispensable part of the world”. To help them understand Taiwan’s past and present, the Youth Ministry Committee arranged for them to see the award-winning documentary film “Hand-in-Hand”. The protagonist of this film, Tien Meng-shu, was also invited to speak to the youths about the price people paid for democracy and freedom in Taiwan.
One of the main messages that church leaders wanted to convey to these youths was that “becoming a good Christian youth starts with being a good servant”. For this reason, all participating youths were sent to help out at various local churches and Christian organizations as part of the camp. The purpose of this stint is to let them see the real Taiwan and help them learn how to share the Gospel through their acts of service and in accordance to the 6 dimensions of PCT’s evangelistic ministries.
Beginning on July 1, all participating youths will be sent to 21 churches and Christian organizations across Taiwan to help out in summer camps, English camps, community services, and environmental clean-up missions, etc. They will reconvene on July 11 at Presbyterian Bible College in Hsinchu to share their experiences at a final debriefing meeting.
The PCT’s ILT camp has been so popular and successful in recent years that the Council of World Missions East Asia Region recently spearheaded its own “I Love Asia Mission Camp” using PCT’s ILT as a model
Photo by Sam Lee