What is Twin Cities African camp meeting?The African Adventists in the twin cities, eight – seven years ago discovered that there were very few people in the African community who were attending the Kansas City Central States Conference camp meeting or the Minnesota Conference Camp Meeting? The reasons given are too diverse and complicated to analyze in this article. The leadership at the time figured out that it would do the community good if they found a way of bringing camp meeting to where the people were. Thus a decision to have a gathering of the people in the twin cities, first by Faith Church International in the Central States Conference, and then Kenyan Community church in Minnesota Conference was reached. A decision was made later to combine resources and have the Twin Cities African camp meeting. This camp meeting is a religious convocation of the Seventh-day Adventist Churches in the a Twin Cities area, run by the following churches; Kenyan Community church, Mount of Blessings Church, Light of Christ Church, Faith Church International, Maranatha Church, and United Central church (a Central States Conference church). The camp meeting runs from Sunday to Sabbath. The Participants typically drive in every morning for the whole week to sit in day long meetings. These religious meetings provide leadership training, Bible studies, family life and health studies for people of all ages. There are programs and breakout sessions for teenagers, youth, young adults, parents and the senior citizens. The Twin Cities African Camp meeting is open to all people. There are two worship services with praise songs and preaching every day throughout the week at 12 noon and at 7pm.
Camp Meeting, is a gathering for believers, who believe in the Lord Jesus. They come together as His Body. The founding goal for the Twin Cities African camp meeting was to provide a platform and an environment where the growth of the Body of Christ would be encouraged and promoted. This gathering time also was to allow the use of the gifts and talents that were present in the Body of Christ. It was felt by the founding leadership that God had blessed the African community with so much human resources, that if pulled together, the community would grow and prosper in the Lord and that the community would be encouraged to be faithful.
The collective understanding of the present leadership in the African Seventh day Adventist community is, “In the last seven – eight years we have learned how the body of Christ should function as one. We have seen the growth in church membership; we have seen several church plants. It is our desire to provide an environment of worship and fellowship to the Twin Cities community, first the African immigrate and then to all people.”
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