The annual Family Christian Camp, "TRAI TÂM GIAO," returns to Conyers for the fifth year, the second time held at Camp Westminster off Lake Rockaway Road.
The camp's unique family-camp style aims to bring families together with the purpose of creating a Christ-centered, safe, fun and friendly environment for Vietnamese Christians of all ages from Vietnamese churches in the metro Atlanta area.
"Through devotion on God's word, prayers and fellowship with one another, we hope each of us will experience God in a special way," reads the mission statement from the Family Christian Camp website.
Normally, the family camp is held over Labor Day weekend, but this year, the camp was pushed back and took place last weekend, Sept. 28-30. In its fifth year, the family camp has grown with more attendees each year.
Ha Nguyen, of the Marietta Alliance church and one of this year's camp organizers, said this year's attendance is greater than last year's with approximately 150 campers.
Although the family camp is a gathering of Vietnamese churches throughout metro Atlanta, there were campers from other states as well.
"We have some people as far as Charlotte, N.C., make the four-hour drive down to participate this year," said Nguyen. "In addition to the increase in attendance, we have some campers this year who have come who don't belong to any particular church."
This year's theme of Christ Lives in Me emphasizes one of the family camp's core values of exploring and applying God's word in everyday life.
Youth Pastor Maurice Long of the Morrow Alliance church has been attending for three years.
"One of the things that I really enjoyed with this year's theme of Christ Lives in Me was the opportunity we got to hear from some of the youth," said Long. "That was really a blast to see what God is doing in their lives."
Lancaster, Pa., Alliance church youth Pastor Tim Nguyen's Saturday night message was centered on heading in the right direction and growing in Christ.
"Last year, our praise band came down to lead worship, but this year, we came down just to attend," said Pastor Tim. "You guys have started some of your own praise bands in some of your churches. That's growth. You guys are growing. I challenge you to live for Christ and make an impact."
For more information on Family Christian Camp, visit the TRAI TÂM GIAO Facebook page at facebook.com/ChristianFamilyCamp.