A pastor sharing a message at the conference,

Egypt – In July our Child Sponsorship Program (CSP) team in Upper Nile held the annual Bible Camps for the children in our CSP. The younger children got to be at a one day Bible Camp which they love because they get to splash in a pool, play games and have Bible quizzes and competitions.

This year, however we did something different for our 13-17 year olds; we held a two day conference. It was a greater expense and therefore a bit of a punch to the budget, but in praying it through, we felt the Lord leading in this direction. With fast-paced changes in the Egyptian economic and social arena, our teens are under enormous pressures. The 15, 16 and 17 year olds will exit our CSP in the next few years, and as I met and prayed with our team leads, we wanted to capture this time well with them.

Our aim was first to be certain they knew they certain of their salvation and transformation in Christ. Other topics shared were; how to continue with Jesus, the war inside between the old life and the new life in Christ, and since all in this group are fatherless, we wanted to emphasize that God is a father to them. We fed them well, as you know, is a big deal, especially with this age, and brought in a worship team. They had plenty of time to fellowship, play games and meet with our team members one on one for questions and prayer. God used this time in a very special way; the teens loved the conference, and were open and responsive to the Word, almost all making decisions of re-dedication and a few for salvation. Praise God for his goodness and faithfulness to these amazing young people.

A special time of prayer

Our follow-up to this time will be discipleship groups and continued communications with them and their families. We’re praying that these young people will keep their eyes fixed on Jesus and stay in the Word as they grow and mature – would you pray with me for these teens especially and for our staff? They are doing a great job and I am so proud of each one; I know John would have been too. – Dee, Dee A. Cook, CEO