We had our Annual Church Camp at the Tropical Rainforest Resort in Lambir on 9-10th May. Even though the group was fairly big we were fairly well accomodated in various buildings in the resort. The waiters and waitresses were polite and quick in their service although the menu could be better. The rooms were clean and spacious with very good air conditioning. (Although a few rooms had some problems)
I must say specifically that they have a few excellent and well versed tour guides who are passionate about the rainforest. Kudos to that!
Despite the group size our own organisers were able to hold activities for both adults and young children concurrently. Some activities were attended by both children and the youth and the adults together which gave the event a great sense of family bonding.
There were of course rest times in between. We are glad that the TRR can provided Internet services and a good range of reading materials . This is especially meaningful to the more senior members of our group.
However I would think that the free and easy periods would give the camp attendees opportunities to get to know new friends better.
When at church we would have very little time to stop and chat with new friends. It could be at best hello and I must go....therefore this kind of social interaction at rest time - sitting in the lobby and making a move to make new friends can bring a great deal of joy and perhaps even an experience of a life time.
These two photos show Alfred Sibat (JKR) a former student Sibu Methodist School reading the Borneo Post. Alfred was in my late brother's class and we thus have ties from long ago in Sibu.
Today he is very settled down in Miri after having been transferred from Sibu to Limbang and also Kapit and even Sarikei. He and his family worship in Grace Methodist Church Miri and they are a great blessing to all of us. He and his wife are multi-lingual (Iban English and Foochow!) . So they are indeed a great source of information and help whenever we go out for short term missions.
Besides Alfred and his wife Lina are fabulous cooks. The meals they prepare are what we often look forward to.
Lina can come up with fantastic dishes no matter what kind of stove and utensils are available.
Remember the song?
Make new friends but keep the old
One is silver and the other gold!
So stay tuned!