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UIMA April 2018 Update

Huichol Youth Go To Camp
Written by David Wolf, UIMA field pilot
Many of us have fond memories of going to a Christian youth camp.  Eating camp food, bunking in cabins, singing around campfires, and playing games come to mind.  Camp gave us a unique environment for new and positive experiences, creating friendships, and a closer walk with God.  However, going to camp is not a common experience for many youth in third-world countries and especially native youth who live in isolated villages in the Sierra Madre Mountains.
Learning new praise songs
Thankfully, the Mexican youth in our local church saw this as a need.  They planned, organized, and accomplished their seventh four-day Huichol youth camp between Palm Sunday and Easter.  160 Huichol youth from 12 villages traveled on foot, by boat, on buses, and by a UIMA airplane to and from the camp.  Pastors from their villages came to teach in the Huichol language and to encourage their youth on the theme, “Christ Is Coming.”  Huichol women also volunteered to cook and Mexican church members provided countless acts of logistical support.
Since tortillas are a main staple, many are needed to be made everyday for 160 youth.
A camp facility on the outskirts of Tepic was rented and a large canvas structure erected for the assembly and worship area.  Youth were divided into four teams for various responsibilities and competitions including Bible memorization, sports, and games.  Swimming and water games were favorites in the afternoons.  Group devotions, individual prayer time, and scriptural teaching contributed to spiritual growth. 
Game time in the pool!
This year, electives for development of practical skills were added such as first aid, music, instruments, English, and hair-cutting.  Olivia, the Huntting children, and I had the privilege of teaching the English elective for three afternoons where many of the pastors and youth participated.  Now, every time we see them they practice English greetings.
Practicing their new hair cutting skills.
Basic English class taught by David and Olivia Wolf.
UIM Aviation was instrumental in flying youth to some of the most remote villages in a safe and expeditious manner.  They all had favorable comments about their camp experience and were anxious to return next year.  Thank the Lord for those of you who have donated to the UIM Aviation's Flight Fund to make these flights possible.
Flying 25 youth to their homes in the mountains over several days
After the last message about Christ’s return, we witnessed many campers coming forward to pray and accept Jesus into their hearts.  Others committed themselves to live for Him.  25 believers were baptized, including some of these Huichol campers in several villages on Easter weekend.  They now know that God loves them and that they are loved by brothers and sisters in Christ.  They sense a union as the body of Christ despite their remote living.   God is building His church among the Huichol youth of central Mexico.
New young Huichol believers getting baptized before they head back to their village
First airplane ride for these Huichol girls. Heading back to their village from camp.
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