By J. Rizaldy Harder, Member , IVCF Board
The most exciting thing that comes in the life of the ministry is through God’s initiative, not ours – His favors, not our labors. Not because man planned it but because God designed it to be.
Dream come True
Recently, in a span of just three (3) months, starting in April 30, 2005 to July 30, 2005, God has opened for IVCF-Philippines a new door to make that dream of having a campsite of its own a reality. Today, IVCF-Philippines has a new campsite located in Western Visayas and this is prayed for to be the new – and permanent - home of IVCF’s annual Kawayan Camp, hopefully to start in summer of 2006.
How did these things came to be? God’s initiative started in 2001, when couples Pastor Billy Reyes (KC’75) email@example.com and Janice Leong-Reyes (KC’76) were given a seven (7) hectare (about 16 acres) agricultural land as part of their family inheritance located just 18 kilometers away from Bacolod City, at Purok Masinadyahon, Bgy. Busay, Bago City, Negros Occidental. It was not far from the first Murcia Campsite of IVCF where the first Kawayan Camp was held starting in 1958.
A portion of 1.1 hectare of this land was hilly with many trees and the rest are irrigated riceland. The first thing that God impressed to Pastor Billy was that the land should be “healed and restored” to its fruitfulness. They decided to pursue organic farming and converted other areas to vegetable farming. They harvested rice twice, instead of three croppings per year. Soon after, the land was a picture of balanced abundance. Later, the Department of Agriculture decided to make it as an integrated model agricultural farm and committed to assist in the farm work and build a fishpond in the area.
Billy and Janice Share a dream with IVCF
With the land restrored now to productivity, God further impressed to Pastor Billy to make the 1.1 hectare portion of the land as a venue of ministry to pastors, church workers and the youth. On the latter, God impressed to the couple that the place can be IVCF’s campsite to disciple students and serve as IVCF graduates retreat and resting place. The couple was concerned of the rising cost for students to attend camps and thought their place is suited to help lower that camp fees. They nurtured that burden in prayer.
The IVCF ministry in Western Visayas soon learned of this burden and the couple was eventually challenged to formally write the IVCF-Board of Trustees of their desire to offer part of their land for use of IVCF Philippines. Pastor Billy wrote a letter to IVCF in April 30, 2005 stating this offer and soon IVCF-BOT responded by directing the Regional Advisory Council of WVRU to make its evaluation, conduct site visitation and recommendations.
Camp Humayan is Born
The WV-RAC then met with the Reyes couple in May, and unanimously recommended that IVCF-BOT accept the offer to be the grantee of the land under agreement where IVCF can use the property for free for the next 50 years. In July 2, 2005, the IVCF-BOT, chaired by Dionne Ang, unanimously approved the offer and the formal signing of the usufruct agreement was done last July 29, 2005 at Bacolod City with IVCF National Director, Elsie Calalang, representing the IVCF movement and Mrs. Kimnoy C. Leong signed in behalf of the Reyes-Leong family.
On that same day, July 29, 2005, in the presence of many IVCF graduates and students, the campsite was dedicated in the service of the Lord. The place, now called as Camp Humayan, meaning ricefields in local dialect, is an abode rich in nature’s beauty, bounty and bliss. It is a beautiful place of renewal, nurture and rest. It is, as one graduate describes as, “a place where you can hear God”.
Pastor Billy was later invited in a meeting of the IVCF-BOT last August 13, 2005 and he assured their commitment of partnership saying that, “ we offer you not only the use and fruits of its land, but also ourselves”. When asked how long can IVCF use the property he answered, “…for 50 years, or until our Lord comes again.”
Camp Humanyan New Partners
Soon after, God’s initiative took a new turn again such that when the vision of building this campsite was shared to another couple who are also deeply supportive of the IVCF ministry, God’s hand touched them to provide the initial funds needed to start the construction of several cottages, a dining, kitchen and lecture hall at this Camp Humayan. Today, works in that camp has started. The IVCF dream of a campsite is now rising up to become a beautiful reality.
A Challenge to You
The Camp Humayan Management Team is presently chaired by BOT Vice Chair Rizaldy Harder and any comments, expressions of support or suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or at mobile no. 09195758750.
Reprint with permission from IVCF-Phiippines Website
By; J. Rizaldy Harder, Member, IVCF Board