April 3, 2018

2018 Caribbean Youth Conference

By Bro. Keith Kinlocke

The Triennial Caribbean Christadelphian Youth Camp will be hosted this year by the brethren in Jamaica. We are delighted to confirm that a site has been secured, the Montague’s Teachers College, in the parish of St Ann on the Northeast end of the island. It is in close proximity to the resort town of Ocho Rios. This is a quiet, peaceful and picturesque area of the island unaffected by criminal activity found in some parts of the island. The brethren in Jamaica have been working very hard to prepare for this camp.

Youths, both baptized and unbaptized, eagerly look forward to this opportunity to gather together with those from around the Caribbean (and even with some from North America) to make new friends, renew old friendships and to immerse themselves in a community of those who treasure God’s Word and long for the return of our Lord. They hunger for spiritual food and the chance to gain new insights and fresh thoughts. For many this will be the first time they have ventured out of their home country and their first opportunity to gain a sense of a larger community. Since this event occurs only once every 3 years, they may have only 2 opportunities in their lifetime to participate. For some, this is a chance to find a partner for life who shares their faith. They do not have the myriad of youth conferences, weekends around the Word and Bible Schools with classes geared to their needs found in North America.

CBMA/CBMC is committed to trying to address financial barriers and to make it possible for all eligible youths to attend. The biggest expense is the airfare. It costs about the same to travel from Guyana to Jamaica as it does to travel from New York to Jamaica. The families of these young people contribute as they are able, but there are many whose parents do not have the income to finance this trip.

This is where we in North America can help these young people! We are hoping to raise 60 scholarships of $400 each to make this camp a reality. We pray that you will find it in your hearts to support this effort by sending your earmarked donation to CBMA (in the US) or CBMC (in Canada).  We are thankful for whatever level of support you can give to make CCYC 2018 a truly memorable event for the many youths who so look forward to this. Contact information for making CBMA and CBMC donations is found on the Donations Page.

The Study Theme for the week is “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth (Eccl 12:1) – Accept the Challenge & Seize the Opportunity!” Further information regarding this youth camp can be obtained from bro. Keith Kinlocke, CBMJ chairman, kkinlocke@yahoo.com.

If you are interested in attending the camp, you can download the registration information here.

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