Over the past few days, Pinos Reales, Spain saw leaders from Christian camping associations all over the world converge for a time of sharing, networking and growth at the CCI Worldwide Summit. The Summit proved to be a very positive time, confirming the fact that we truly are better together.
Here’s a highlight reel of the Summit’s events:
April 19, 2012
Participants arrived at Pinos Reales from all over the world, and although weary from travel, everyone was excited atthe opportunity for this unique gathering of leaders in camp ministry. The group shared a time of devotionals as the board met to solidify plans for the week.
Summit participants spent some time getting to know one another by enjoying a guided tour of Segovia, Spain. This time was an opportunity to see the sights, learn more about each other, and connect with the Creator in this beautiful part of the world. At the end of the day, the group sat down for a traditional Spanish meal. Eating together is one of the best acts of fellowship, and this time together was precious.
April 21, 2012
As the Summit truly got down to business, participants heard reports from the Regional Representatives, as well as from Dan Bolin, CCI International Director. We were proud to share how God is moving and working in Christian camps in Canada.
Did you know that over 10,600,000 campers attended a CCI camp somewhere in the world in the last year? That number is amazing! What a great affirmation that camp ministry reaches kids and affects lives.
The morning concluded with a worship service where all of the participants lifted their voices in at least 10 different languages to sing “Open the Eyes of My Heart.” As everyone joined to sing santo, santo, santo (holy, holy, holy), the purpose of the summit rang clear: that we, as followers of Christ and leaders in camp ministry, can be unified so perfectly by Christ.
April 22, 2012
Today CCI Japan shared a special update about the state of their nation following the devastating earthquake and tsunami last year. We ask that you continue to join us in prayer for their country: that God will equip CCI Japan to share God’s love and meet the needs of others in the new context of an environment threatened by disaster.
April 23, 2012
As the summit rolled along, participants continued to learn and grow in key areas of association management with the common goal of increasing the positive impact of Christian camping in all 20 member associations.
Bruce Dunning, fellow Canadian, offered all participants a free copy of his book, God of Adventure. God teaches through adventure, and so can we! The book is a great resource for camp professionals that connects Biblical principals with real adventure experiences.
April 24, 2012
It is truly exciting how all of us in Christian camping can be unified in purpose. No matter the language, environment or resources, camp ministry is about showing kids Christ’s love in an exciting, nurturing and fun setting!
The summit drew to a close with a special night. Everyone participated in the Lord’s Supper, where CCI Worldwide honoured Lorimer Gray as he completed 12 years of service as the Chairman of CCI Worldwide.
At last, everyone packed their bags to head back to their own parts of the world. The summit left everyone with fresh ideas, words of encouragement, and a spirit of camaraderie with which to face any challenges ahead.