Camp Week: A Fellowship Latte

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July 1, 2020

A recent post mentioned that Camp Week is about three things: Inspiration, Fellowship, and Teaching. In my opinion, the ordering of those three words is significant because I think it is the fellowship at Camp Week that ties together the inspiration and the teaching. For me, the highlight of Camp Week was fellowshipping with people—fellow soldiers in the Kingdom, fellow linguists, fellow would-be translators, fellow Koiné Greek speakers, fellow All-Nations members.

Let me give you a glimpse into some of the conversations and interactions that blessed me.

  • A mealtime discussion on whether/why Anabaptists believe the Sermon on the Mount contains the crux of the Gospel.
  • Dreaming up “God-sized” community development ideas for a displaced people group.
  • Hearing a first-hand account of a miraculous healing in the DR Congo.
  • Learning a little more about wood gasification from the North's of ADAPTech.
  • Taking a deep philosophical dive in a group discussion late at night about possible cultural and social circumstances that can affect the way we understand God and the Scriptures. . . and then being blessed by the way several brothers “brought us back up for air” by putting some of our “deep ponderings” into shoe leather.

As you can tell, Camp Week conversations are about more than just translation and which version of the English Bible is most accurate!

Of course, my wife also enjoyed the fellowship, as attested by how late she and other ladies stayed up visiting several evenings.

In conclusion, I enjoyed hearing teaching on Bible translation methods and listening to inspirational anecdotes about God’s work around the world, but it was the fellowship—the personal sharing, the laughter, the tears—that transformed this double shot of espresso into a foamy, sweet latte.

—RB, member in training

Camp Week is an annual training event for our members.

  • “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
  • “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witness of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48
  • “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
  • “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
  • “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6
  • “That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
  • “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” Mark 11:17
  • “Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
  • “Behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” Revelation 7:9
  • “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
  • “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
  • “As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
  • “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
  • “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27
  • “Truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21
  • “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:3, 4
  • “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
  • “That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” 1 Kings 8:60
  • “For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations.” Malachi 1:11
  • “All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 86:9
  • “For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
  • "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
  • "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3, 4
  • "You are worthy. . .; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God." Revelation 5:9, 10