We are pleased to share this report written by Aenon Thapa, which Pastor Amen Thapa, who is the chair of the Executive Committee of EFC-Nepal, shared with us. This yearly meeting is made up of about 40 churches located in different parts of the country. The ministry was begun by John and Sangi Vanlal in 1994. This update focuses on EFC-Nepal’s recent youth camp that took place in Kurintar in April.
On the hot summer day of April 13th, our youths traveled for more than three hours traversing the landscape of Nepal all the way from Kathmandu to Kurintar, Darechok, Chitwan and others joined from Dhulikhel, Thali, and Banasthali. All of us were exhausted and tired physically and mentally so our hosts prepared a hot lunch for all of us (the lunch consisted of fish, rice, dal, and achar). As our bellies were filled now it was time for spiritual enrichment. So, we had a great time of worship that helped us to forget our tiresome journey to the venue. Our preacher for the day was Brother Sandy. He spoke on the title “Our Identity in Christ”, in which he explained our identity in Christ. After that, we all were separated into four groups: Team Abraham, Team David, Team Joseph, and Team Daniel. After that, we had snack time which consisted of chat-pate (puff rice mixed with boiled potato, spices, lemon, salt, etc.) With that, we had been given a mission to conduct a play/ skit on the basis of our team’s name. After that, the time for dinner had finally arrived. For dinner, we had a large bonfire as well as barbeque chicken, buff, and pork. As well as a fire dance party. After that, we said our goodnight and headed in for the night.
On day two, early in the morning, we woke up to an hour of self-reading the bible and self-reflecting and after that, we had two hours of recreation which included football, volleyball, and badminton. After that, we had our second session, in which the owner of the resort Pastor Andrew Lama, delivered the preaching. He preached about how we must have the super important 3Ds (which are dedication, devotion, and discipline) in our life as Christian youths. To help us use the 3Ds practically the four teams Abraham, David, Joseph, and Daniel went head to head with each other in three different games which needed the teams to have coordination, speed, strength, and spirit. In the end, team Abraham won three of the four categories, including the play or skit.
After games were played, we had the last session with lots of exciting gifts and votes of thanks to all. And the final keynote with challenges and remarks was given by EFC Nepal Chairperson Rev. Dhan Bahadur Thapa (Amen). All four teams turned clockwise raising hands towards another team, we prayed for each other, for our churches, youths, and our nation as well. Then we had our lunch and farewell prayer and left for our buses and returned to our homes.
In conclusion, the physical journey was tough, and the spiritual journey was even tougher but thanks to the pastors and preachers we were able to get the tools to conquer the challenges that may come in our life. In the end, we got more than we hoped for. We are thankful and grateful to all the organizers, prayer partners, and supporters.
If you would like to support the ministry of EFC-Nepal, you can:
- Give online here. Please make sure to select “Ministry Partner: EFC Nepal”.
- Give by credit card over the phone at 303-421-8100.
- Mail a check marked with EFC-Nepal designation to EFM, PO Box 771139, Wichita, KS 67277.