Over 200 youth in Ecuador respond to God's call during camps

Over 200 youth in Ecuador respond to God's call during camps

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South America Region Church of the Nazarene
| 11 Apr 2024
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Ecuador Youth Camp

The Sismo Juvenil strategy, in collaboration with the Nazarene Youth International of the Ecuador Sierra Centro District, brought together more than 200 young people from six churches in two training and spiritual growth camps. The camps were held on the weekends of 14-16 and 20-22 March 2024 in Riobamba.

During the camps, young people participated in various activities, including guided games, concerts, and moments of recreation in green areas. Additionally, they had the opportunity to establish meaningful connections with other participants and youth leaders, fostering an environment of camaraderie and mutual support.

Josué Poveda, one of the camp participants, expressed his satisfaction.

"I am leaving very happy because I was able to know God more," Poveda said. "I enjoyed the workshops given by the pastors and the moments of recreation."

Daniela Bonilla, another young attendee, said: "This camp helped me get closer to God. I enjoyed the unity between all the churches and the opportunity to make friends."

Fundamental topics such as evangelism, consecration to the Lord, and "calling" were addressed during the event. Prominent preachers participated, including Marcelo Fretes and Gustavo Muñoz. In addition, informed experts discussed topics such as mental health, sexuality, dating, holiness, and obstacles that impede service to God.

As a result of this camp, 125 decisions for Christ were recorded, and several young people from the Church of the Nazarene in Echeandía were baptized, expressing their faith and obedience.

Josué Franco, pastor and youth mentor, highlighted the ministry's commitment to training and developing youth leaders.

"Our goal is to foster the development of new youth pastors in each local church in the long term," Franco said.

Youth leaders have been trained throughout the year at the Training and Orientation School for Leaders (EFOL) to achieve this goal.

The Sismo youth ministry is preparing future camps for youth as well as university students, singles, and children of pastors. These initiatives seek to continue promoting the spiritual formation and development of new youth leaders in Ecuador.

--Church of the Nazarene South America

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