This year, the English ministries of the southern California Evangelical Formosan Churches will host our annual winter retreat at Pine Summit Christian Camps for four days and three nights over the Christmas break. Come worship, fellowship, and grow! You’ll meet many people from other EFC churches!

There will be two separate tracks for the campers. Everyone will meet together for joint worship and then break into two groups:

  • Junior High, High School, College, and Adult combined

  • Children

Campers are assigned to small groups for junior high and up (typically anywhere from 4 to 10 people) to help facilitate deeper discussions after each of the messages. Children have their own lesson, which is related to the theme in the adult program but on a kid level. Lesson activities include Bible memory verses, crafts, and games.

Retreat Theme: Missions

And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
— Romans 10:15


Thur, Dec 26 – Sun, Dec 29

Pine Summit Christian Camps
700 Wren Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA [map]


Early: $219
Sunday, October 20, 2019

Regular: $239
Sunday, November 17, 2019

Late: $259
Sunday, December 1, 2019

Map of Grounds

Registration Charts

These charts and tables represent registrant data in real time.



There are two separate tracks for campers based on age: (1) Junior High, High School, College, and Adult and (2) Children. Everyone will meet together for joint worship and then we will break into separate groups for the messages.


Sam Boyce

Track: Junior High, High School, College, and Adult

Sam Boyce is married to Awill and has four children: Clark, Olivia, Judah and Faith.

Sam was studying engineering at the University of Minnesota when God called him into ministry. He subsequently transferred to North Central Bible University and became a youth pastor. He later served as a Campus Missionary to graduate students at the University of Minnesota until God called him to serve in China. His ministry in China included church planting, Bible training, and partnering with various house church networks to train and send out missionaries. The work included founding a community center for underprivileged children and opening a restaurant to support the ministry and train Chinese missionaries.

Recently Sam and Awill have been serving the homeless and impoverished in their local community and founded Seek Ministries which focuses on proclaiming the Gospel to the unreached and marginalized, discipling them, and empowering them to do likewise.


Child Evangelism Fellowship 

Track: Children

Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) has been used by God since 1937. CEF is a Bible-centered organization composed of born-again believers whose purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living. In the last ministry year, CEF workers worldwide reached over 25.4 million children with the Good News of Jesus Christ and 10.4 million children made a first time profession of faith in Jesus.

Olumide and Deanna have been happily married for three years. They love to teach young children about God’s Word and about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. They also enjoy having picnics at the park, watching movies together, playing board games, and spending time with family.

Olumide (Olu) has been serving with CEF for over seven years. He is the Local Coordinator for the CEF Ventura County Chapter. Olu has been involved in different aspects of ministry for many years from speaking, mentoring, organizing ministry events, teacher training, telling bible stories to children, and more.

Deanna has been serving with CEF for over nine years. She works at the CEF Southern California State Office, teaches Good News Club (an after school Bible Club) at three elementary schools, helps train teachers on how to share the gospel with children, organizes ministry events, and more.








Ponderosa Dining Hall


Pre-Retreat Rallies

EFC Irvine

17422 Armstrong Ave, Irvine, CA (map)
Friday, October 11, 2019
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Speaker: TBD

EFC Arcadia

225 E Live Oak Ave, Arcadia, CA (map)
Friday, October 11, 2019
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Speaker: TBD


  • ALL individuals must fill out the form, regardless of age. Family room requests can be made and will be honored by priority:

    • Parents with young children 5th grade and under (youth 6th grade and higher are not eligible unless for medical or other special reasons)

    • Married couples (contingent upon space)

  • Retreat fees:

    • Age 2 and under: FREE

    • Age 3 and up to and including 5th grade (MUST be accompanied by at least one parent/guardian at retreat): $190, regardless of the date registered

    • Grades 6-12, college, adult:

      • Early: Sunday, October 20, 2019, 11:59 pm: $219

      • Regular: Sunday, November 17, 2019, 11:59 pm: $239

      • Late: Sunday, December 1, 2019, 11:59 pm: $259

  • Refund policy:

    • Regardless of the date registered, $190

    • Last day to request a refund is December 1, 2019.

  • Absolutely NO SUBSTITUTIONS allowed. :/

  • You agree to be signed up for our e-mail and text distribution lists. We will not rent or sell your information; we will only use it to communicate important information about Winter Retreat. No spam!


There are TWO steps to register:

1. Register for Winter Retreat

2. Give a check to your local church registrar (payable to your local church) for your registration amount. Done!


Your local church registrar has a wealth of information about Winter Retreat. They will collect your registration fee from you.

EFC Alhambra:
EFC Arcadia: Leona Chen
EFC Chino Valley:
EFC East Valley: Joe Lin
Generations Church: Andy Kuo
Grace Bible Church: David Lee
EFC Hacienda Heights
EFC Irvine: KC Liu
EFC Los Angeles: Jimmy Chen
EFC Orange County: Tommy Wang
EFC Rowland Heights
EFC San Diego: Louis Kang
EFC San Fernando Valley: Joe Chou
EFC South Bay: Gerald Huang


Packing List


  • Winter clothing for four days, three nights

  • Toiletries/medicine

  • Sleeping bag/pillow

  • Bible/pen

  • Optimism

  • Money ($20 max)

  • Flashlight

Don’t Bring:

  • Handheld games

  • Weapons/firearms

  • VHS players

  • Firecrackers

  • Flamethrowers

  • Illegal drugs

  • Alcohol

  • Pets

  • Skateboard/scooter

  • Rollerblades

  • Rusty cleavers

  • Any other kind of cleaver


Photos from Previous Retreats



Workshops are an important part of Winter Retreat. It gives campers the opportunity to choose among different topics that interest them. Topics and sessions are subject to change. That's just the way it is.


Name, Church



Retreat Schedule

All times AND events subject to change. This is just to give you a general idea of the flow of the schedule.

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  Dec, Dec 29 Fri, Dec 27 Sat, Dec 28
7:30 Devotions Devotions Devotions
9:00 Move Out Prayer meeting Prayer meeting
9:30 Session 6 Session 2 Session 4
10:30 Communion    
11:00 Small Group Small Group Small Group
1:00 Departure Group Picture Workshop 2
1:30   Worskhop 1  
2:00   Free Time Free time
3:30 Thu, Dec 26    
6:00 Meet Small Groups    
6:30 Session 1 Session 3 Session 5
8:00 Small Group Small Group Small Group
9:00 Snacks, T-shirt Dist. Snacks Snacks
9:30     Testimonies
10:00 SGL Mtg SGL Mtg  
11:00     SGL Mtg
11:30 Lights out Lights Out Lights Out



Buses. Maybe.


Post-Retreat Media

2019 EFC Winter Retreat Slideshow


Group Picture


Post Retreat Survey

We hope you had a wonderful time at Winter Retreat, and we hope you were blessed in your time there. We would really like to know how to make Winter Retreat better! Please fill out our survey and let us know your thoughts!

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