Last year, IYF Thailand received the words to hold 4 more camps which led to 6 camps and experiencing God’s works of preaching the gospel to over 10,000 students. While preparing for this year’s camp however, there were students cancelling participation due to internet sites that posted baseless slanderous comments about the IYF. Despite this, there were more students who opened their hearts towards us and there were more number of participants than last year.
From January 28th to 30th, 2016, the first World Camp began at Thammasat University with over 4,000 students, more than 50 VIPs, and the opening declaration of the IYF Thailand Branch Manager, Hak Cheol Kim.
Congratulatory messages were given with the vice president of Thammasat University giving a welcoming message, Governor of Pathumthani Province giving an opening speech, and Deputy Minister of Social Affairs giving words of encouragement.
The performances of Rio Montana, Lincoln House Ulsan School, and the Gracias Music School students captivated the hearts of the participants.
Pastor Ock Soo Park who was invited to this camp as lecturer delivered a message saying that young people fall into despair easily when they face small difficulties but, it is important to look towards hope from inside the darkness when such things arise in our hearts.
The Education Leaders’ Forum and Christian Leaders’ Forum was simultaneously held with the World Camp. Various university presidents, deans, professors, etc. educational personnel from countries such as India, Romania, etc. excluding Thailand gathered to discuss the future education of youths.
On 28th, the first day, the students spent a joyful time forming a united heart with each other and learning one another’s hearts through the Scavenger Hunt game.
In the morning of the 29th, the students had language academy time. The language academy comprised of Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, and Spanish provided the students with the opportunity to learn the language they wished to learn.
Each morning at this Camp, special guest lecturers were invited to share their story.
The participants were mesmerized by each country’s cultural performance and various music performances prepared every session.