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ETAC Camp looks at challenges

BEAUTIFUL Bayu Beach Resort was the setting for this year’s Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference (ETAC) Camp. More than 100 people from seven Tamil Methodist churches gathered at the Port Dickson resort in Seremban in June.

The theme for the ETAC Camp 2002 was “Thinking Churches: Growing Conference“. The theme speaker was the Rev Dr Theodore Williams, founder and former General Secretary of IEM India. Joining him were several pastors from Singapore and Malaysia who conducted workshops on topics ranging from “The Rights and Wrongs of Spiritual Gifts” to “Church: Movement or Monument”. A special workshop on “Biblical Leadership” was also arranged for the church leaders.

The camp was a time to reflect on the challenges facing the Church. It was a platform not only to ponder over the problem of increasing membership but also to cultivate a sense of belonging and commitment to the Church.

Besides being thought-provoking, the camp was also a time of fellowship with family and friends from sister churches. With the World Cup fever afflicting everyone, the “Conference Cup” was commissioned and our very own “Ronaldo”, the Rev R. Prabhu, Pastor-in-Charge of Short Street Tamil Methodist Church, showed off his killer moves. Other hidden talents were discovered as church members transformed into actors, singers and orators on Talent Night.

The tranquil environment of Bayu Beach resort, inspirational messages from the camp speakers and camp spirit not only helped foster greater friendship among the ETAC churches, but also served to remind everyone of the sovereignty of our Lord and our responsibilities to the Church.

Jasmine Daniels is a member of Short Street Tamil Methodist Church.