Record Number of Teens Attend Oklahoma SOYO Winter Camp


DOWAMA Winter Campers, February 2013DOWAMA Winter Campers, February 2013The Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America's Youth Director Erin Ghata, member of St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, Oklahoma City, OK, recently reported to the St. Raphael Clergy Brotherhood, that the Diocese of Wichita's annual SOYO Winter Camp from February 15-17 exceeded all expectations. "Your blessing!" wrote Ms. Ghata. "Thank God, by your prayers, we had a wonderful time this past weekend at Winter Camp! More than 120 DOWAMA teens and chaperones gathered at Camp Saint Raphael (YABOY!) for a weekend of prayer, fellowship and learning. It was the biggest Winter Camp we have ever had!

"Father James Shadid did an amazing job as our speaker," she continued. "He spoke about God's passionate love for mankind. He talked about how the father ran to the prodigal son and how God eagerly waits to be reunited with His children (see photo of Josh throwing himself on Tarik). When we weren't learning, we enjoyed games, campfires and hikes to the chapel on the hill. We were blessed to enjoy a wonderful weekend together!"