The Southern Ghana Union Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church ended on Saturday at the Valley View University, in Accra.
Dubbed: the Pathfinder Camporee 2022, it was organized under the theme: Courage to stand Camporee.
It attracted over 10,000 young members of the church from Western North, Eastern Region, Volta, Oti West Central, South West, Volta, Tema and Pioneer conference of the church.
Activities undertaken at the week-long event included, drama on courage, devotion, keep fit and camp morale, drills and honor stations, teachings on lifestyles and prayer sessions.
The rest were smile pathfinder quiz competitions, drum demonstrations and Lecture on Youth betting.
The pathfinders are the young wing of the church, being groomed to undertake the work of God and to also offer humanitarian services to mankind.
The Youth Ministries Director for Trans -European Division, Pastor Dejan Stoikovic, in a sermon at the closing ceremony, charged the pathfinders not to be ‘cheer’ fan of Jesus, but rather his followers.
That he explained was the only way they could define their relationship with God
“You must have that trust and belief that your intention to become a follower of Jesus is not for personal gain but to use your life to help and save others who do not know him”, Pastor Stoikovic indicated.
He said Jesus once told someone who wanted to be his follower that ” Birds have nests, foxes have holes, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head”, meaning Jesus has no settlement, so when you follow him, you will have eternal life.
Pastor Stoikovic cautioned pathfinders not to behave like undedicated football fans, who changed teams anytime their team lost.
He said instead pathfinders should behave like others who remained steadfast and continued to support their teams anytime they lost.
Pastor Stoikovic asked pathfinders not to leave the camporee exactly the same way they came, because everything they learnt will greatly transform their lives.
The Youth Director of the Church, Pastor Mark Hado, urged the participants to always remember to give thanks to God “for the good things he continues to do in their lives because every good thing comes from Him.”
He urged them to always remember to pray and supplicate themselves to God in order to achieve their heart desires.
The camporee, Pastor Hado explained was to encourage participants to stand firm, and urged them to pray sincerely, smile generous and earnestly.
BY LAWRENCE VOMAFA AKPALU