The Business Breakthrough Group (BBG) held its sixth camp since its inception in 2003. This time it took place at Bintan Lagoon Resort on 31 May to 3 June 2009.
From the moment it was announced in February this year, BBG members and their families were already excitedly anticipating their four-day spiritual escapade.
The camp was worth the wait. It was well-planned with a program that balanced teaching and games. Special guest Pastor Welyar from GBi, Indonesia was present to lead praise and worship. Tan Ye Peng and Choong Tsih Ming, pastors at City Harvest Church, took the campgoers through a series of teachings that covered God-given visions and biblical aspects of church growth, giving the people a strong purpose for the future of BBG. Sessions ended with the pastors ministering to the campgoers.
The rest of the days were packed with outdoor games. The “big game” was a “telematch” that pitched BBG groups against each other, three hours of wild and wacky games planned by Wendy Choong. Campgoers had to do near-impossible things like holding raw egg yolks in their palms while using their mouths to look for melon seeds in a pile of flour. But everyone played their hearts out, knowing that the top prize was a full set of CDs of the Song of Solomon bible study series for each member of the winning team.
The main event of the camp was “BBG’s Got Talent”, an inter-group talent quest, which took place on the final night of the camp. Each cell group (some combined groups) came prepared with a performance: a skit, or a song or dance item.
The creativity of BBG was revealed with side-splitting Bollywood dances, a hilarious and super-tacky getai item starring the Candy Floss sisters, a shoe-eating movie in the skit “I Not Shoe-pid” and a rousing rock performance, among other riproaring performances.
The winning team of that night was BBG5, which performed a spoof of Walt Disney Pictures’ animated movie The Incredibles. The team wowed the crowd with tailored Incredibles’ costumes and signature tunes from the movie and real drama in action. The script was one that writer and BBG5 member Tan Chin Ling, 31, had worked on with City Harvest’s drama team years ago. Esther Teo, 32, played “Violet” (and turned her character into “Violent”). She walked away with the Best Actress award.
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The BBG talent contest ended on a high note. With gifts and songs, the members honored all their leaders who have taken BBG from a group of 20 to the 350-plus members through years of hard work, sacrifice and prayer.
The camp ended with many new friendships forged and spiritual lives strengthened. Many were first-timers to a church camp like that. “It was better than I expected,” said Amelia Lim, an executive PA. “I was very encouraged by the Word and all the testimonies given. And of course, I enjoyed the telematch, the fellowship, the teamwork and unity.”Tan added, “It was a good balance between the Word and ministry time, as well as fellowship. It’s a good opportunity for a group to become more close-knit.”
John Lam, 41, chief financial officer of a bank, commented, “We returned to Singapore with a renewed mind, inspired to be patient to go after our dreams and not give up.”