Months of prayers, weeks of preparations, days of excitement!
Finally, it’s here! The long wait is over as the UAE brethren’s much-awaited church gathering set off with flying colours, the 6th UAE Camp! With this year’s theme of “Finishing the Work Entrusted to Us” (2 Corinthians 8:11), brethren from the 7 emirates of the UAE packed their bags together with their excitement to One to One Hotel & Resort, in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Roster of reputable messengers of God, Pastor Reynald Sulayao, member of the Church Council and Coordinator of the Ilocos and Benguet Region, and Pastor Gali Concepcion, Western-Pacific District Coordinator, joined the Middle-East District Coordinator Bishop Aldrin Palanca, in ministering the Word of God.
This 3-day spiritual retreat and Sports fest program from February 10-12, 2017 started with a Friday School service ministered by Pastor Reynald Sulayao. Shortly after, the campers, ministers and guest speakers were warmly welcomed to a Divine Worship Service by Pastor Elleza Palanca. Leading the congregation to exalt the name of the Lord even more, Bishop Aldrin Palanca encouraged the delegates to have the awareness and priority to finish the entrusted work of God. Ultimately, Bishop Aldrin persuaded everyone to exercise the principle, “Serving God must be our passion, finishing it must be our goal”.
After the Worship Service, the 6 competing teams namely Blue Conquerors (Fujairah Locale), Orange Victors (Ajman Locale), Yellow Achievers (Al Ain Locale), Green Overcomers (Abu Dhabi Locale), Fuchsia Champions (Umm Al Quwain Locale), and Red Triumphant (Dubai Locale) geared-up for their first sports competition, the Mass Demo. But before this, banners of the participating teams were paraded together with the muses and escorts of the respective teams as the cheering crowd applauded their representatives.
To complete the program of the day, all the campers gathered back to the worship hall for the Ministries Night program. A video presentation was played before the brethren showcasing God’s gifts to His church not only in the Philippines, but also in the Middle East and throughout the world. Pastor Gali Concepcion highlighted the night’s assembly by imparting the message, “Enhancing our Ministry to Finish the Work of Christ”. The exhortation of Pastor Gali equipped the campers to desire not only to have a variety of ministries in the church, but also and more importantly, to perform one’s ministries fruitfully and with zealous dedication.
The 6th UAE Camp indeed started with a great momentum! On its first day alone, the brethren were already filled with the physical and spiritual nourishment, yet, campers are still up for more blessings and empowerment which they are about to receive in the succeeding days of the Camp.