On July 13-15, 2012, more than 400 people joined together at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, to celebrate the second Renewal “Regional Camp” (the first one was at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, summer of 2011). The presence of God at Renewal 2012was so powerful that children, youth, and adults alike renewed their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. His presence was so strong that many were deeply touched, even those that remained in their seats.
Renewal 2012 (“renuevo” in Spanish) is one of the strategies of Wesleyan Hispanic Ministries to unify leaders and churches by region and at the same time create a sense of companionship and Wesleyan identity. This “Family Camp” was designed under the direction of the Holy Spirit with three purposes—renewal, relationships, and relaxation. Our objective is that the participants will be motivated to renew their relationship with God, discover new friendships, and rest from their daily routines.
During the final Sunday morning service, the youth celebrated the Lord’s Supper and the Spirit of God touched their lives, convicting them of sins and awakening in them the desire for spiritual renewal. At the same time, God’s spirit visited the adult service with His same Divine presence. The success of Renewal 2012 was possible due to the unconditional support of Indiana Wesleyan University, the commitment of pastors and churches, the volunteer staff, and the general coordinator of the event, Rev. Daniel Muñoz.
The next Renewal is planned for June 2013 at Southern Wesleyan University. Rev. Alfredo Barreno, Director of Wesleyan Hispanic Ministries, explains that these meetings are held at our universities in order to motivate and inspire our Latin youth to continue in higher education.
In that day the Branch [Renewal] of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel (Isaiah 4:2 NIV).