It was the middle of May and the Si Blur, Hsar Tha Blay, and A Soe of the Louisville International Company; Terri Saelee from Adventist Refugee and Immigrant Ministry; Julia O’Carey from ASAP Ministries; and Samuel Thang Ngala were planning a camp meeting for refugees from Myanmar who now reside in the United States.
Several cultures from different tribes around the United States had expressed interest in attending. Planning an event of this magnitude would be a lot of hard work. Conferences needed to be involved, a suitable area needed to be found, and financing secured.
It was decided that the meetings would be held July 4th weekend. Several camp grounds were called around the Kentucky area including Indian Creek Camp. Nothing was available for that many people. However, God was working a miracle to provide what was needed.
Several Sundays were spent looking for a place for the camp meeting. Finally one was located that could accommodate that number of people, but it was under renovation and would not be ready until September. So, Labor Day Weekend became the target date.
August was fast approaching. By this time organizers had learned that people from Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Florida, Oklahoma, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Minnesota, California, Texas, Illinois, and the nation, Myanmar (Burma), planned to attend.
The purpose of the camp meeting was total member involvement; the aim to bring Spiritual Revival; the motto, “Readiness for Jesus’ Second Coming”; the theme song “He is Coming Again for Me”; and the Scripture focus Amos 4: “Prepare to meet your God.”
September was in just a couple of days, and the organizers weren’t sure if everything would work. Their planning was flawless; there was room for everyone. Friday afternoon people began to arrive from all around the world. There were Thai, Filipinos, Burmese, American with only a small language problem, since there were plenty of interpreters. Food was a blend of flavors and scents thanks to BC Hsee Arrow’s talented cooking.
Sabbath was reverential. Over 520 people were filled with the Holy Spirit. Ellen White prophesied in Testimonies Vol. 6, p. 87, “It has been shown me that our camp meetings are to increase in interest and success. As we approach nearer the end, I have seen that in these meetings there will be less preaching and more Bible studies. There will be little groups all over the ground with their Bibles in their hands, and different ones leading out in a free conversational study of the Scripture.” Her prophecy was fulfilled during this weekend at O’Bannon Camp Ground in Indiana. The Holy Spirit was present and everyone was blessed.
Sunday was a time of fun for the young people, including walking through a cave where there were a lot of bats, wet rocks, and a lot of oohs and ahs — followed by swimming in a pool with two water slides, and, of course, a lot of sprinklers for the younger children. There were friendships made that will last forever. Excitement was so high that plans began for another camp meeting next year in North Carolina.
BY DAVID EMMITT
Louisville International Company
Attendees according to state and union
The young people