A Camp to Remember/Un Campamento Inolvidable

120 Youth from 3 States of Mexico Met the Challenges of the Disciples Camp Experience!

120 Youth from 3 States of Mexico Met the Challenges of the Disciples Camp Experience!

By 11 am on Christmas morning the first of 120 youth had arrived to clean the seminary grounds in preparation for the 2013 Campamento Huentepec. Ten or so youth had traveled three hours that morning from Zacatecas to fulfill their assignment. As most family Christmas celebrations in Mexico take place on Christmas Eve, the group seemed pleased to be here early on Christmas day and be among the first to choose their bed in the dormitory.
The annual Campamento Huentepec has become a tradition for Disciples youth in Mexico; held in different churches each year from December 26 to 30, the fields and many rooms on the seminary grounds were an ideal setting for last year’s event. Although the house where Kate and I live stands within thirty feet of the dormitories, we were able to sleep in Christmas morning; we then enjoyed the opportunity to mingle with and get to know better some of the campers.
The name Huentepec is from one of the native languages of Mexico and means “Light of the Hill”. Eighty years ago, disciples chose the name for a farm they purchased to hold trainings and camps throughout the year. Virtually every Disciple pastor in Mexico, past and present, has a story to tell about growing in their faith thanks to a Huentepec camp experience. While the farm was sold years ago, the name was retained for the Campamento in December that continues to shape future leaders of the Church.

Mil gracias to Hemer Sierra Silva (member of Central Christian Church in San Luis Potosi) for the translation below into Spanish. Hemer has

The 2013 Camp sign noting the theme "Kingdom Values"

The 2013 Camp sign noting the theme “Kingdom Values”

indicated he wants to write about his own Camp experience many years ago for the next blog.

Muchas gracias a Hemer Sierra Silva (miembro de muchos anos de la Iglesia Central de San Luis Potosi) por su traduccion en espanol del articulo sobre el Campamento Huentepec de diciembre 2013. En el proximo articulo de “Erasing Borders” Hemer quiere compartir de su propia experiencia transformativa durante un Campamento hace muchos anos.

“Cerca de las once de la mañana del día de Navidad habían llegado al seminario (Centro de Estudios Teológicos – C.E.T.) los primeros de los 120 jóvenes para preparar el sitio por el Campamento Huentepec 2013.

Alrededor de 10 jóvenes, viajaron durante tres horas desde Zacatecas, para llevar a cabo labores de limpieza. Puesto que la mayoría de las familias en México celebran la Noche Buena en casa, nos agradó mucho que el grupo de jóvenes llegaran temprano el día de Navidad y así tener la oportunidad de escoger su cama en el dormitorio.
Dentro de los jóvenes Discípulos de México este evento anual del Campamento Huentepec ha llegado a ser una tradición. Tiene lugar cada año del 26 al 30 de diciembre en alguna iglesia u otro sitio de la Iglesia Discípulos; el año pasado del 2013 el seminario parecía tener un sitio adecuado por el terreno amplio, canchas y muchos lugares para convivir.

A pesar del hecho de que la casa en donde vivimos Katalina y yo se encuentra como a diez metros de los dormitorios del Seminario, pudimos dormir y descansar a gusto durante la mañana de navidad. Es cierto que aprovechamos la ocasión para convivir y conocer algunos jóvenes y también ahondar la relación con otros.
El nombre de “Huentepec” se deriva de un vocablo indígena que significa “Luz del Monte”. Hace ochenta anos se organizó el primer campamento Huentepec para promover el crecimiento de la fe en los jóvenes Discípulos. Casi cada pastor, ya fallecido o en vida, de los Discípulos, puede contar de alguna enseñanza o experiencia de importancia primordial para su fe en Cristo que tuvo lugar durante alguno de los Campamentos. Aunque no existe un sitio construido exprofeso para el Campamento, como en tiempos pasados, el Campamento Huentepec sigue formando líderes del futuro de las Iglesias Discípulos en México”.

About erasingborders

The blog title harks back to an ancient Church history document, The Address to the Emperor Diognetus reporting on the lives of third century Christians in Asia Minor: “They live in their native lands but like foreigners…They take part in everything like citizens and endure everything like aliens. Every foreign country is their native land and every native land a foreign country…. They remain on earth but they are citizens of heaven.” Kate Moyer's wedding present to Doug Smith of a dancing jester figure bore the quote, “I like geography best, he said, because your mountains and rivers know the secret. Pay no attention to boundaries.” They dedicate this blog then to helping bring about the day when human beings share the resources of the planet equitably and without borders. Our geography experience features childhoods in the Midwest. Kate lived for over twenty years as an adult in the small town of Neodesha, Kansas while Doug has been an urban dweller all his adult life. She is able to readily identify most crops and keeps a close watch on her partner’s snob tendencies. The Nile Valley of Egypt, for Kate, and the Congo rainforest for Doug have left deep marks on their interior landscapes.

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