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.