The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s (BGEA) first, five-day ‘Dare to Be a Daniel’ camp in Australia, held recently at Lutanda’s Camp site at Yarramundi, was attended by 60 young Australians aged nine to thirteen.
They had come to learn how to ‘Dare to be a Daniel’, a reference to Daniel in the Old Testament who stood up for his faith, despite being in exile in a foreign land.
Chad Miller, Director, Children's and Youth Evangelism Training for BGEA International, visited Australia to attend the camp.
“We witnessed a mighty move of God on the last evening as nearly everyone stood and committed to following Jesus, even when times are difficult, so that they might win their friends and family to Him. It was not an easy invitation,” Chad said.
Chad went on to say, “Pray for a groundswell of evangelistic enthusiasm and that these young people might be strong and boldly speak about Jesus to their generation.”
Rodney Trinidad, BGEA Australia’s Youth and Schools Relationship Manager ran the camp with the help of trained volunteers and Lutanda Yarramundi camp staff. “Who better than youth to reach their friends with the Gospel of Jesus? That’s what the ‘Dare to Be a Daniel’ camp is all about,” Rodney said.
“Our goal was to equip youth who already know Christ with the tools they need to stand strong as young Christians and to effectively share their faith with their friends,” he said.
“I will never forget Jiordi, a 12 year old student standing up and saying: ‘For a long time, I have been bullied at school and it’s been really hard on me. I met new friends at camp who will stand with me by praying for me. I have also learned that, like Daniel, I can be a fearless Christian, knowing that God is always on my side,’” Rodney said.
“Our vision is for the ‘Dare to Be a Daniel’ experience to spread throughout Australia in partnership between the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the local church. It is critically important that we equip this nation’s young people for Christ as they approach their teenage years in an increasingly secularised society,” said Jorge Rodrigues, Executive Director of BGEA Australia.
Lutanda hosts Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's camp, training children to be fearless like Daniel
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Monday, 15 October 2012, 16:56 (EST)
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