In the afternoon of saturday, december 21st, PEEB embarked for a second time on his Bible study camp which is branded BIBLE-Camp. This time, about 60 people partook, from staff to disciples. We stay in the courtyard of the MENH (Mission Évangélique du Nord d’Haïti) for 2 weeks. More than double the amount of last year’s disciples were present this year. Last year’s disciples as well as the new disciples were all excited at the idea of 2 weeks of Bible study and amusements. We closed the day with a get-together where we introduced the new disciples, the staff who would manage the camp, and the discipline of the camp. Then we ate, prayed, and went to bed.
On Sunday morning, we were all ready to participate in the church service. It was with pleasure. A Christian must always feel at home regardless of the congregation. In the afternoon around 3 p.m., we had our first activity to start the camp. Although it was not yet the classes, but it was an educational activity in which we considered the different challenges of the church today with the necessary solutions.
On Monday, December 23, around 7 a.m., we launched the classes. The evangelism class began first (7-10 a.m.) and the salvation class followed (10 a.m.-1 p.m.). As the class of salvation took place, the class of evangelization had their caught up session. So, they had the opportunity to look at the book and ask all the questions that we didn’t have time to answer during class.
They had a homework on the mission of the church according to Mathew 28: 19-20. The goal was to develop 6 points in which they would talk about different things that concerned the Church of Jesus Christ. They had the opportunity to present the homework individually or in groups of 2 or 3 people. They have done a very good job in that regard.
The Creole saying that an empty bag does not stand! So, there was a moment retained during the day to eat. Three meals were served every day. The program was so packed that they hadn’t had enough time, but they ate nonetheless. Breakfast was served from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., lunch was from 1 to 1.5 p.m., and dinner was from 8 to 9 p.m.
There have been various films about evangelism, the ministry of Jesus Christ, and the ministry of the Apostle Paul. These films have taught many lessons. The disciples had to be very watchful because they had tests after each of these films to evaluate their understanding.
A moment was reserved to assess what the disciples of the class of evangelization had learned, it was the evaluation of practical evangelization which was to evangelize a pagan and be ready to apply the lessons learned according to the reaction of the pagan. Their performances showed that they were not wasting their time.
In the end, we also had a moment reserved for a graduation ceremony in which we encouraged the disciples for their good work accomplished over the past 2 weeks and thank some of the staff for their efforts that made the camp possible. The evangelization class had 29 disciples, 25 accumulated the passing grade and 4 of them will return to the same class if they choose to participate again in the camp. The salvation class had 5 disciples present though 10 must have been there. Five of them were prevented. And all five presents were successful.
So we crowned 2 valedictorians this year and they each won a laptop. The winner of the evangelization class was Sr. Poudy Girl-Buena and for the salvation class was Sr. Rose-Andrelle Gabriel. It is important to note that it was for the second time that she is crowned valedictorian of BIBLE-Camp, she was also the winner of last year’s evangelism class.
Certainly, at the end of all graduations follows a diner. I don’t know one that is different yet. So, we ate together for one last time and went home. We will never stop thanking God for this camp in particular because there were many political difficulties in the country at that moment. But according to God’s promises, he allowed us to do everything very well. And also, on behalf of the administration, we would like to thank all those who contributed on one form or another to make the camp a success! Thank you!