“But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee.
There you will see him just as he told you” – Mark 16:7
Galilee plays an important role in many biblical stories. It is known to be a region in Is-rael surrounded by waters, nature and springs. The Sea of Galilee strategically connects with Jordan River from the north and then continues south to the Dead Sea. Beyond its economic and geographical importance, the Sea of Galilee is also central to the life of Christianity and minis-try of Jesus Christ.
Jesus spent his childhood and performed many remarkable activities here. Many of Je-sus’ disciples came from Galilee. He preached along its shores and called some of his disciples in this place to be the “fishers of men” (Matthew 4:18-22). The Sermon on the Mount, the calming of the stormy sea (Mark 4:35-41), the walking on water (Matthew 14: 22-33) and feed-ing of the 5,000 (Luke 9:10-17) were just some of the miracles of Jesus that happened in this place.
This historical and biblical significance of Galilee thus inspired the idea for the estab-lishment of “Camp Galilee” as a spiritual mission center of Zambales United Methodist Church. It is but an appropriate name for the campsite given its strategic location along the shores in the capital town of the province and the significant role it plays in the life and ministry of Zam-bales District.
More than what the name suggests, Camp Galilee is indeed a place where the members of the church are being blessed, empowered and whose lives are transformed by the Holy Spir-it. It is a place where we declare the glory of Jesus Christ throughout the land and where we affirm his lordship over our lives.
As leaders of the church, we affirm and claim the Camp Galilee to be the spiritual mis-sion center of the Zambales District!