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Texico Conference Camp Meeting 2017

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Capitan, N. Mex. » More than 750 members from across the Texico Conference gathered this summer for the first time at Bonita Park, a Christian camp located in the mountains of South-Central New Mexico to worship and be spiritually renewed by messages, special music, prayer, and Christian fellowship.

Mountains, fresh air, and blue skies set the mood for this year’s three-day English and Spanish Texico Conference camp meeting. Themed “Following God’s Call: Making Disciples,” nightly meetings and afternoon seminars featured several well-known guest speakers including Mike Tucker, Speaker/Director of Faith for Today, and Pastor Omar Grieve, Speaker/Director of La Voz de La Esperanza. Other presenters included Nessi V. Pittau-Grieve, Pastor Angel Rodriguez, Pastor Helvis Moody, and youth evangelist Willie Ramos, who both preached to the young adults and youth. Children also participated in their own complete program which included a worship service, crafts and games. Throughout the weekend, attendees had the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of fun activities such as rockwall climbing, zip-lining, and sand volleyball.

Pat Edmonds, a member from the Rio Rancho Seventh-day Adventist Church in Rio Rancho, NM, expressed that she really enjoyed being away from the city and felt the outdoors provided a nice spiritual environment. Edmonds also enjoyed the messages from Pastor Mike Tucker and said it was “wonderful to know that grace is extended to all of us and that God’s love is greater than sin.” Spanish-speaking attendees also said they were blessed by the sermons of Pastor Grieve. “I really enjoyed Pastor Grieve’s intriguing stories and heart-warming messages,” said Aron Monge of North Valley Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church in Albuquerque, NM. “He really conveyed his passion for evangelism and reminded us of how close Jesus’ return truly is.”

On his final night of preaching, Grieve invited the audience to make plans for next year’s camp meeting and reminded us that “camp meeting is a ministry, something very important.” Speakers, adults, youth, and kids alike agreed that they felt the Holy Spirit at this year’s camp meeting. Many of them could not wait to share the messages they heard and hope to be back next year.

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