[LA, USA] Crossing the Border; Uniting Hearts (March 07, 2012)

From Feb. 25~26, the IYF English Camp was held for two days at the Universidad Autonam de Baja California (UABC) located in Tecate, Mexico. For this second English Camp, after the one held in Monterrey in January, about 550 students and 85 volunteers participated. From kids to grown-ups, people from a wide range of age group applied for the camp. When gathered in each group, they had time to introduce each other and play some game to break the ice.

At 10 o’clock, the orientation began with “La Calle,” a Righteous Starts’ dance. Continued were the Camp guideline and explanations on the Academy. After the orientation, the class lectures were held for different classes. The volunteers led the lectures in a way to suit the participants’ age and English level. For the afternoon, recreations and the Academy were scheduled. There were 7 Academy classes such as Tae Kwon Do, Yoga, CPR, and American cultures, and through recreations, students became one-hearted.

In the first day evening, the volunteers and the short-term missionaries had time to sleep over at the participating students’ place. Through homestay, they were able to feel the pure hearts from the students and their families beyond the language barrier. Unlike our concerns, the homestay was not dangerous, but the best program for all of volunteers, short-term missionaries, and the students who attended the camp.