Ferdinand Rivera from Los Pioneros Pathfinder Club in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, has been practicing blowing the shofar to take part in calling for prayer sessions during Inter-America’s Pathfinder Camporee, this week. He got to blow the shofar on stage during the last call for the day at 9:00 p.m. on Apr. 6, 2023. [Photo: Daniel Gallardo/IAD]

April , 2023 | Trelawny, Jamaica | Dyhann Buddoo-Fletcher and Inter-American Division News

The blast of a biblical shofar, or ram’s horn, echoed across the Trelawny multi-purpose stadium, in Jamaica. Its sound invited nearly 10,000 Pathfinders and church leaders into moments of prayer at the start of the 5th Inter-American Division (IAD) Pathfinder Camporee, on April 4, 2023.

“This camporee is covered by intercessory prayer,” explained Pastor Samuel Telemaque, IAD Adventist Mission director, as he spoke during the opening ceremony. “The shofar will be used to call us together for prayer three times each day,” he said.

A crowd waits outside by the entrance of the a replica of the old testament sanctuary, on Apr. 6, 2023. [Photo: Daniel Gallardo/IAD]

Prayers are offered daily at 6 a.m., 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Other sessions of prayer take place at five in the morning, Telemaque said.

The five-day event themed Pathfinders in Mission carries the branded image of Gideon, a mighty warrior blowing a shofar. It seeks to appeal to today’s young people, reminding them of a God who is omnipotent, strong, victorious, mighty, and powerful.

“These attributes of God appeal to the youth, who are in the prime of their lives and feel that they can do without God,” Telemaque said. “Yet, the story of Gideon, blowing the shofar, is about a God who is calling the youth into a relationship with Him. He is a God who can use a few to win mighty battles.”

Pastor France Chambers of West Jamaica Conference guides a tour through part of the Sanctuary experience, on Apr. 6, 2023. [Photo: Daniel Gallardo/IAD]

To better understand the process of prayer, camp organizers invite each to not only pray but to also tour the replica of the biblical tabernacle or sanctuary on the campground and place their requests in a special basket.

“We will pray on the hour every hour for each request,” Telemaque said.

Pastor France Chambers, Spirit of Prophecy director from West Jamaica Conference, is one of three leaders who guide hundreds of visitors touring the model sanctuary every day. Chambers explained that “prayer requests collected in a basket are placed on the altar of incense in the Holy Place, symbolizing an offering to God as a sweet-smelling incense that would rise and flow into the Most Holy Place.”

The main entrance of the sanctuary has space for Pathfinders and others to add their written prayer requests in a special basket which is prayed for every day during the camporee. [Photo: Daniel Gallardo/IAD]

Even though the sanctuary system was abolished at the cross when Jesus paid the full and ultimate sacrifice as referenced in Hebrews 10:10, Chambers explained, “we have the gift of prayer, that enables us to come boldly to the throne of grace, seeking forgiveness, renewal of heart, and commitment to Jesus Christ.”

“I now understand and appreciate prayer even more, as we do not have to go through all those sacrifices anymore,” said 11-year-old Kutzi Peters from the Caribbean Union Conference. Peters toured the Sanctuary this week. “I can simply talk directly to Jesus through prayer, and He will present them to our God, who will hear and answer.”

Fifteen-year-old Michael Mirandar, from Honduras, is curious to see how God will answer his prayers. “I have some things I want God to take care of, so I placed my requests in the basket in the Sanctuary. I do serve a prayer-answering God,” he said.

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