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Vietnamese Family Christian Camp Comes to Conyers
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Thaian Nguyen, Huy Nguyen, and their mother Hong Nguyen sporting T-shirts with this year's camp theme, "God is Love" - photo by Nhi Ho


Vietnamese Christians from across Atlanta gathered at Camp Westminster in Conyers, off of Lake Rockaway Road, for the fourth annual Vietnamese Family Christian Camp, Tri Tâm Giao, on August 19-21. 

One of the camp organizers, Pastor Alan Tung Nguyen said “Conyers is a good location and centralized to many Vietnamese Churches.” In its three previous years the camp was held at Smyrna Presbyterian Campground.

The 2011 camp theme, “God is Love,” could be seen in the new friendships that were made and heard through song and praise throughout the campsite. The camp itself grows in size and attendance every year. Pastor Alan said, “The purpose of the camp is to worship God together, fellowship, enjoy family time together, get to know other families from different churches and having fun through many camp activities.”

This year’s special guest speakers included Pastor Timothy Nhan Nguyen and 18 members of the leadership group and praise team who came all the way from Lancaster, Penn. Pastor Tim serves as the English Ministry Pastor for his church and also serves as the Vietnamese Alliance Youth North East Coordinator. He has a passion and love for the second generation Vietnamese Americans and spreading the gospel.

In the Saturday night Youth service message, by Pastor Tim drew from John 13:34. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Pastor Tim extorted listeners to “Overwhelm them with love until they ask ‘Why?’ Then you say, ‘I’m glad you asked,’ and tell them about Jesus Christ.”  

The Family Camp will be held again next year in Conyers on the last week of August, before Labor Day weekend. Pastor Alan said, “I strongly encourage all Christian families to go to this camp. It only happens once a year for your benefit and spiritual growth, plus it’s the best time to spend with family and friends.”

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