10-13 April, 2009 – Coleambally
From all accounts, the “Bush Camp” held over the Easter weekend in Coleambally was a huge success!
Attendance was outstanding, with visitors from around Australia pouring into the Riverina until numbers reached around 200. The R & M Wiseman farm resembled “tent city,” with the meeting and dining marquees visible from quite a distance.
Meeting topics centred around the main theme of the camp, “As in the days of Noah,” and the timely messages spoke to every open heart. As a point of interest, on Sabbath afternoon Br Ben Thiel organised some pre-measured string to mark out the estimated deck space on Noah’s ark, using the 20 inch cubit – it proved to be huge!
Following Young People’s Meeting and a profession of faith, a long convoy of vehicles followed the dust trail to a nearby farm for the baptism of four new members: Heather and Linda Goudie, Timothy Wiseman and Jonathon Lang. It was a joyous occasion, and the heartfelt testimonies of the candidates were truly touching. After dinner and close of Sabbath, many participated in an orienteering-style “treasure hunt,” where everyone was a winner with a copy of “Steps to Christ” for all the happy hunters.
Before lunch on Sunday a group photo was arranged, and then everyone walked towards the runway to stand in a formation of letters spelling “JESUS,” to be photographed from the aeroplane—it looked great. This photo was also published in the local newspaper. Sunday’s afternoon activities filled the need for exercise, and gave many a chance to burn off excess energy! All enjoyed the outdoor recreation and the feeling of friendship and “togetherness.” To top off another fantastic day, a vegetarian BBQ dinner was served. Following worship, a huge bonfire was lit, and together with herb tea and camp-fire songs, warmed those gathered around.
Monday morning came too quickly for some, and it was time to pack up camp and head home. Many thanks are extended to the Wiseman family who hosted the event on their farm, to Br Alasdair Pow, and to all the local church members who assisted in planning, organising and running the camp. The wonderful time spent in fellowship, spiritual enrichment and recreation will unquestionably live long in the memories of all who attended.