(Brazil CNSAM) From September 6-9, 2012, the Church of the Nazarene in Curitiba, Brazil, held their winter camp, a decisive moment in the lives of the youth who enjoyed the presence of God.
“Go against the flow” was the theme of the NYI camp for the Curitiba District in Paraná, Brazil, held at the Nazarene Campground. More than 120 youth gathered there with the goal of drawing closer to God, especially his holiness. Sydney Xaxá, a missionary who serves in the Northeast region of Brazil, preached during this event. He shared on a topic that the district considers an essential part of Christian life: holiness. As the Church of the Nazarene’s theme is “Holiness unto the Lord,” the district understands the importance of speaking to the youth about it, since without holiness it is impossible to please God.
“Going against the flow” reflects the need to form Christian youth who are not contaminated by the world but instead make a difference. As the apostle Paul said, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasingand perfect will.” (Romans 12:2, NIV) This was the camp verse.
There were four days of the ministry of the Word, prayer, seminars on life with God and the themes of sex, drugs, and music. There were conversions, restoration, and lots of fun! The last day of the camp, they held a prayer vigil where the glory of God was visibly poured out in a special way. “It was impacting to see our youth pouring themselves out in God’s presence. There is a promise that our city will be a kindling place for revival in Brazil. We believe it and try to awaken our youth in this revival,” said Rodrigo Mikito Gonzaga, Curitiba’s NYI president.
Source: Alexandra Fernandes, journalist and member of the Chruch of the Nazarene in Curitiba.
Translation: Todd and Jennifer Edgerton.