Photo: High school youth dive into God’s Word at their youth camp in Xinzhu, Taiwan.
This update was shared by Graham Guenther, who serves as a GEO missionary in Taiwan. (GEO missionaries serve for one- to two-year terms in locations around the world.)
“This month, we helped out with a youth camp for churches from around Taiwan [that belong to the China Evangelical Lutheran Church, the LCMS partner church in Taiwan]. The youth were invited to meet in Xinzhu for a weekend of worshiping and learning more about God. This youth camp was especially powerful because this time, college students took on responsibilities and were leaders for each of the small groups. Last year, when us North American missionaries helped, we were the leaders of the small groups. It is much easier to relate and share answers when you are able to speak in your native language with people who have likely encountered similar situations. The college students were amazing witnesses to the power of Christ’s love. When I was their age, I would not have been comfortable helping in the same way that they were able to do.
“The theme for the weekend was John 14:6, which says that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Some of the activities that we did were games, songs and crafts. Overall, it was a great experience for the students to meet peers from other parts of the island that share the same faith that they do. I am already looking forward to the next time that we are able to organize an event like this!”