Five Reasons to go to Church Family Camp in Iraq

If you lived in Iraq here’s why you would want to go to Church Family Camp: The first reason: to escape the heat! Daytime temperatures are 105-118 degrees and the mountains are definitely cooler! Secondly the food is pretty great (and you don’t have to cook) – Iraqis love to fellowship and eat together (who doesn’t?)! Thirdly, to get away from stresses like the traffic – ugh, who likes traffic? Fourth, the wonderful fellowship; having the time to really get to know those your church and talk into the night over ice cream or coffee. Fifth, to hear great messages, pray together and worship together in a beautiful place. The camp was financed by a generous grant; everyone had a much-needed wonderful time.

This month, the Pastor Sabri and John shared messages at this Family camp for one of our church plants in Kurdistan. John opened the Scriptures teaching on temptations and testings, and God’s purposes for these times in our lives. We can trust him to meet our needs, and can grow and give him glory even in very difficult days. God used these few days to rest and encourage His Church!

There was a very special “First”! 15 of the teens in our Child Sponsorship Program who have been in training for a year by our teams played a big role at Family Camp; they provided child care, led the elementary and youth ministry, ushered and helped serve the food. It’s a joy to see them growing in Christ and using their spiritual gifts! “…to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:12 & 13 NIV