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The youth event in Switzerland had live music, international speakers and time to study Scripture in small groups. “We love the #Bible and we are fascinated by it”.
“What is old does not automatically become outdated”. This was one of the many messages that challenged more than six thousand young people in Switzerland during PraiseCamp2016 (December 27– January 1).
The Fair of the city of Basel was the meeting place for 6 days with live music, sports, workshops, Bible messages and small groups.
The theme was straight forward: “The Book”.
“We love the Bible and are fascinated by it! Thanks to the Bible we are able to know God and his plans for us and the world. The Word of God lights the way through the jungle of life and is our compass of faith”, the organisation of the biggest Swiss youth event of this kind said.
Director Peter Reusser explained the vision of the event, which unites dozens of evangelical organisations: “Our desire is to use this week to encourage young people for their everyday life and awaken in them the pleasure of reading and studying the Bible”.
Outreach and evangelism in the city had also its space throughout the six days of gathering.
TALKS AND LIVE MUSIC
Speakers at the event included Andi Andrew, Sacha Ernst, Johannes Hartl, Lea Hümbeli, Eti Josi, Matthias Kuhn and Detlef Kühlein.
Live concerts and times of worship and prayer were also lead by both Swiss and international artists, such as: Jesus Loves Electro (Norway), Tewelve24 (GB), Four Kornerz (GB), The Wilberforce, Melissa Lischer, Jana Highholder (Germany) and Dj Dabelyu.
The main song of the event climbed to number 1 in the Swiss Google Play chart on December 31st, and became number five on the Itunes chart.
About 900 volunteers joined the week as volunteers. After the attack against a Christmas market in Berlin, some parents of attendants had expressed their worries, according to Livenet.ch. But a security team of 60 people (including police agents) helped everyone feel secure throughout the week.
Several secular media reported about the event, from regional newspaper Basler Zeitung to national publication 20 Minuten.