International Youth Camp for The Church of God begins today at the Lutheridge Conference Center just outside of Asheville, NC.
The camp is directed by Dustin Hays, international youth director for the Church, which has its headquarters in Cleveland.
Staff members and camp representatives who are attending the camp from the Cleveland area include the Church's General Overseer, Stephen Smith and his wife, Vicki; Kevin, Connie, and Ashley Werkheiser; Georgia/Florida camp representative, Jonathan Muñoz; media staff coordinator, Grayson B. Kent; Oscar Pimentel, director of translation; Rob and Missy Hawkins; and James and Allene Cox and son, David, Tennessee camp representative.
The theme for IYC 2012 is "Wind in the Valley" (Ezekiel 37:9 and 10).
International Youth Camp is an annual ministry of the Victory Leaders Band Department. each year delegates from around the globe gather together to better equip themselves to serve as staff members in the youth camp ministry. It is an opportunity for fellowship with others who share the common interest of seeing God's favor upon these ministries. It is an opportunity to meet brothers, sisters, and leadership from around the world and "it is a time for worship services full of the power and zeal of the Holy Ghost," Hays said.
Through the ministry of International Youth Camp, Hays added, delegates will be challenged to make a difference in their area's camping ministry. The camp will offer classes on contemporary issues to the Directors Exchange and Forum and encourages each level of the camping ministry to discern the Spirit of God and what He is trying to accomplish through the summer camps. Delegates are also challenged to strengthen their own walk with the Lord while attending International Youth Camp.
International Youth Camp is open to all overseers, camp directors, current and future camp staff and selected representatives from each region. Additionally, an open invitation is extended to all local, state/regional, or national Victory Leaders Band coordinators.
For more information about The Church of God International Youth Camp, visit the IYC website.
This article was originally published in the Cleveland Daily Banner.