April 17, 2017
Scandinavia Celebrates Easter with Camp Meeting
From the Superintendent's DESK
The Scandinavia Camp Meeting, which coincides annually with the Easter season, began on Wednesday, April 12, with the theme of “Am I a Good Neighbor?” As in previous years, the event was held at the Ognatun campground in Norway. Saints traveled from near and far to attend, coming from Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Among the visitors were Tom Pricskett of Portland, Oregon, who was the guest preacher, and his wife, Val.
Brother Tom sent a report of the activities saying the Wednesday evening service started things off well with good music and a spirit of unity. The message was given by LeRoy Tonning, the Scandinavia District Superintendent, who took his text from 1 Kings 8:10-15, and spoke on Solomon’s building of the Temple.
There were teachings each day, Thursday through Saturday. The Thursday teaching opened with a beautiful violin solo by the youngest member of the orchestra, Naomi Mfandarahwa. It also included a vocal solo by Preben Kristensen who sang a song written by Ted Friesen of our Portland congregation. The message, from Joshua 24:14-15, contrasted a life of choosing the Lord with one of not choosing Him. For the Friday teaching, Seun Ogunleye spoke on “Giving All.” Saturday’s teaching, given by Miriam Panganayi, was on the topic of “Jesus Always Prayed,” and brought out that we ought to follow His example of prayer.
The afternoons were filled with fun and instructional events. On Thursday, the children enjoyed Kid’s Club, which included songs, games, and a skit showing that it is best not to give up when seeking God. On Friday, Keijo Kinnari presented a scientific view of the Shroud of Turin, a linen cloth thought by some to have been the burial garment of Jesus. The presentation showed there is evidence that the shroud aligns with the Biblical account of the Crucifixion.
On Saturday the annual Ognatun games were held. Six teams competed in seven activities which ranged in difficulty from building a paper tower to racing with coins balanced on one’s foot. The proud winners won an Easter egg filled with candy to share.
Friday evening, the message focused on the extreme value of the Blood of Jesus. The events of Good Friday were outlined with emphasis placed on Jesus’ loss of Blood along the way, including when He was crowned with thorns, scourged, and crucified. At the close, everyone was exhorted to highly value what Jesus suffered for us.
On Saturday evening the congregation enjoyed a presentation on the account of the Good Samaritan. During the session, Adebanji Alade painted three scenes depicting the story, leaving everyone with a vivid and beautiful reminder of the familiar account.
The Easter services began with a prayer meeting before breakfast. The morning service opened with the choir singing an uplifting “I’ll Have a New Life.” During the meeting, Belinda Kinnari gave an object lesson for the children. She poked pencils into a clear plastic bag filled with water, comparing them to the fiery darts of the enemy. When there were no leaks from the plastic bags, she pointed out that Christians can also withstand the enemy’s darts without being defeated. The sermon was taken from Luke 24:1-12 and related that many saw evidence of Jesus’ resurrection, believed what they saw, and told others. Those in the congregation were encouraged to take the resurrection message to their neighbors.
In the evening meeting, a brass quartet played “When I’ve Gone the Last Mile of the Way” and “I’ll Live for Him.” Keijo Kinnari delivered the message, urging everyone, “Let’s move forward in the faith.”
The camp meeting concluded on Monday after the morning teaching. Brother Tom said the Spirit of God prevailed throughout the meetings, with the prayer times especially blessed.
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