The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Inter-America ended its 4th Pathfinder Camporee on a high note at Mirador del Este Park in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Apr. 15, 2017.
The three-hour-long closing ceremony featured hundreds of investitures on stage and off stage, baptisms of 65 pathfinders, praise and music, a bible boom finale, recognition of youth ministries leaders, prayer sessions, spiritual messages, and fireworks.
Coming to Inter-America’s 4th territory-wide pathfinder camporee is a dream come true for Ana Patricia Hernández of Chiapas, México. The sun, the heat, the thousands of her peers from dozens of countries feel like a huge wrapped gift to her. Ana traded her 15th birthday celebration with family and friends for a six-day camping trip to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Her decision to forgo the traditional party was the easiest she has made.
Day two of Inter-America’s Pathfinder Camporee saw thousands of pathfinders competing in sports, marches, bible quizzes, recreational activities, earning badges, making new friends and taking part in a series of devotional moments throughout the day.
Highlights of the evening program included a musical drama performance drawing lessons in the life of Ruth in Moab and experiencing the loss of her husband.
Seventh-day Adventist leaders met with the media during a press conference this morning to talk about the international camporee event, which has brought scores of young people to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, this week.
“Our main interest is the well-being of the young people,” said President of the Inter-American Division Pastor Israel Leito as he made an initial statement. “The church always looks to give them [youth] the opportunity to express their energy and enthusiasm but above all their faith in Jesus Christ.”
Amid shouts, sprinting flag bearers and synchronized waves across the breezy outdoor amphitheater in Santo Domingo, thousands of pathfinders from hundreds of local Seventh-day Adventist Churches in the Inter-American Division (IAD) territory set an energetic tone to the official opening of Inter-America’s 4th Pathfinder Camporee last night.
“A pathfinder camporee is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” says Thais Erazo, a single mother of two from Venezuela who has done the impossible to make sure her 13 and 15 year-old sons could take part in Inter-America’s fourth territory-wide pathfinder camporee in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Erazo, a business professor at the Venezuela Adventist University in Nirgua, West Venezuela, always dreamed of attending a camporee so she began raising funds two years ago. With the devaluation of currency in Venezuela, the costs of three airplane seemed impossible.
Thousands of Seventh-day Adventist young campers and their leaders began setting up camp and rolling out their sleeping bags in anticipation for Inter-America’s Pathfinder Camporee set to begin in less than 24 hours at Mirador del Este Park, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Top Seventh-day Adventist leaders in the Inter-America Division (IAD) emphasized the value of Ellen G. White’s writings and its relevance and importance to the church today, during a Spirit of Prophecy Online Conference, held yesterday.
Thousands of Seventh-day Adventists in Veracruz, Mexico, celebrated the culmination of intense evangelistic efforts during a live satellite event from the city of Minatitlán, last weekend.
A crowd of about 8,000 filled the Minatitlán Convention Center on Sabbath, April 1, to worship, witness the transformation of new believers and recommit to nurturing them into the life of the church. Another four sites gathering over 30,000 believers across the Inter-Oceanic Mexican Union held hundreds of baptisms on the same day. More than 6,000 were baptized in the region during the day.
The top leadership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Inter-America will highlight the value of the gift of prophecy to the church with its first Spirit of Prophecy live program this Saturday, April 8, 2017.
The seminar presentations during the three-hour live event, themed “Believe His Prophets”, will fill a great need in the field for information about Ellen G. White’s ministry, church leaders said. White was a co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.