Camp STEP 2011 gathered CHC’s university students for an encounter with God.
Contributed By Nicolette Ng
When the young get going, there’s no stopping them. Following the highly successful youth camps in June, 113 tertiary students gathered from the July 7 to 9 at Jurong West Church for CAMP Step3.
This was the first time all the university students in City Harvest Church—from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, National University of Singapore, Singapore Institute of Management and other private tertiary institutes—got together to encounter God and to fellowship with one another. Grace Kong Yun Rui, 22, a third-year NTU linguistics student and a camp organizer said, “This camp was for the university students in church o come together to build strong relationships to support each other and make a difference in their campuses together.”
“CAMP Step3—Out. In. Up.” expresses the three-tier vision of the camp. First, to step out of one’s comfort zone, old ways and limitations. Next, to step in to campuses. Finally, to step up to the calling of God in their lives.
The first night’s Alumni Night brought graduates and undergraduates together. It kick-started with a mass dance item, followed by a testimony by Dorcas Xu, 28, an NTU graduate who spoke about campus life and revival. Candice Huang, 22, a freshman at SIM, said, “What impacted me the most was the seniors’ passion for campus revival and how they manage to excel in spite of their busy schedules.” Next, Goh Yock Kiang, a CHC pastor, shared a powerful word about preparing oneself for God’s vision and realizing one’s identity as a child of God. The crowd was inspired by his personal testimony about how he broke through many challenges to grow from a small cell group to a zone of 2,000 people today.
The most exciting point of the camp was a race christened “The Promised Land.” The campers had to race to seven stations across Singapore: Jurong West, Amber Road, World Trade Centre, Singapore Expo, Suntec City, Tanjong Katong Road and the former Westin Stamford Hotel. The campers “traveled back in time” to see how City Harvest Church started and progressed from place to place. This helped them to visualize how growth could also happen in their schools.
On Day Two, the university students gathered according to their schools to share their revelations and pray. Jonathan Ashley Ng, 21, from SIM said, “When we shared heart to heart our vision for the campus ministry, the presence of God was very strong.” Jeremy Choy, another CHC pastor, spoke on five things that the Holy Spirit has anointed young people to do, and gave an altar call for those who were facing difficult decisions.
The grand finale was conducted by Lee Yi Lun, CHC zone supervisor and organizer of the camp. She preached a message titled, “Building to Last,” about the seven areas that each person needs to develop in order to build a lasting legacy.
The youth left the camp fired up to excel for God in their various institutions. Jeffrey Wang, 23 from NTU, said, “This is the most memorable camp I have been to. I gained friends, faith, memories and love. I am inspired to do great things not just within the four walls of the church but step out!”
A post-camp event will be held on July 21, 7-10pm at Playnation, *Scape. Join us on Facebook Campus Ministry for exciting updates. For more information on campus ministry, email firstname.lastname@example.org.