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By Gration Perera, SAUM Youth Director

The youth ministries of Southeast Asia Union Mission (SAUM) held its ninth Pathfinder Camporee from December 11 - 16, 2011 in Camp Wawasan, Papapr, Sabah, Malaysia. The camporee was brought to a great success with God’s providential hands. We praise God for His blessings and thank those who remembered us in their prayers!
Though the preparation was made only for 1300 pathfinders to be accommodated, the camporee drew 1450 pathfinders from 27 different countries. Pastor Jonatan Tejel, World Pathfinder Director, and Pastor Jobbie Yabut, SSD Youth Director, were among countless Pathfinder leaders who commented that this camporee was one of the best they have attended.   Pastor Tejel inspired the Pathfinders each night in his devotional presentations and also conducted the leadership course for the Master Guides in training. Pastor Yabut inspired the Pathfinders with his skill class, “Conducting Big Events,” and also in his closing remarks by inviting the Pathfinders to keep the spirit of Pathfindering high and to "walk by Faith" in their daily living.    Pastor Kevin Costello, SSD Associate secretary/treasurer, kept the spiritual tone a high priority of the camporee, uniting Pathfinders each morning and evening in the 777 prayer initiative through the ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication) model of prayer. The able leadership of the Sabah Seventh-day Adventist Mission worked tirelessly and sacrificially, making sure to offer only the best to the Pathfinders. Many Pathfinders have commented personally and on Facebook, showing their appreciation for planning the camporee and providing spiritual blessings.
During the five-day event Pathfinders were kept busy with 23 different honor/skill classes, several fun activities including kayaking, flying fox, commando obstacle course, rich and diverse cultural presentations each evening, an excellent array of cultural village and market day exhibits and activities, skill demonstrations, daily morning exercise, and spirit-filled devotional presentations. During the camporee 27 Master Guides in training were invested and 15 new souls were added to the church fellowship through baptism.
As a good-will gesture, the participants of the 9th SAUM PF Camporee raised funds to donate a bus stop shelter for the local school children in the village where the camporee was held.   Mr. and Mrs. Gunawan Sulaiman, the proprietors of the NewStart Food Pt. Ltd. in Singapore, and Mr. and Mrs. Pirom Priyawat, a friendly couple of the SDA Church in Thailand, made substantial financial contribution to make the camporee registration fee affordable to those who otherwise may not have been able to attend. Several local churches in Kota Kinabalu showed their Christian brotherhood and genuine Sabahan hospitality by providing food and lodging, giving cultural tours at no cost to those who came earlier to attend and left a few days after the camporee.
After a discussion with the Mission Youth Directors of SAUM, the leaders unanimously voted to hold the 10th SAUM Pathfinder Camporee in Vietnam from March 18 - 21, 2015.  We aim to have a wider participation and to draw 2,015 pathfinders from around the globe!
Pictures of the camporee events can be viewed on Facebook at: "9th SAUM Pathfinder Camporee" and "Gration Perera."

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