JORDAN/ADER – From July 17 – 30, the parish of Saint Joseph, Ader, organized a camp for children aged 5 to 14 under the direction of the YCS (Young Christian Students) Jordan. A project encouraged by the Latin Patriarchate and supported by Belgian donors.

In the center of Jordan, in the heart of Ader, one of the villages that borders the desert route, connecting the country from north to south, 90 young children and adolescents aged 5 to 14 met at the parish of Saint Joseph for a week of summer camp every day from 16.00 – 20.00 hours. This year, the camp was centered around the theme of sending, thus relying on a well-known verse of the Gospel of St. John: “As the father has sent me, I send you” (John 20:21). To make the experience both fun and informative, the parish presented a balanced program: the young children began to study the Gospel through a biblical account and then continued in the afternoon with various rotating workshops: karaoke, handicrafts, sports … In the middle of the camp, they also donned their walking shoes for a day of hiking, despite the summer’s heat: “a way to understand that, despite the small or great hardships of life, Jesus is still there and it gives us the strength to move forward”, said Abouna Bassam Al Deir, former parish priest of Saint Joseph, who helped to organize the camp. Finally, the children ended the week with a night under the stars, very close to the Church.

This type of event is of critical importance for the Christian families of this region, who remain a minority. It is a unique moment of sociability in the year when all meet for a lively and joyful catechesis. “The purpose of this camp was simply to let them love the Church and Christ,” concluded Abouna Bassam.

Claire Guigou