Monday, July 26, 2010

Wordle: Zlin Camp Notes
These are the 150 most used words in the notes I received from friends - students and teammates - from Zlin Camp last week :) Click the picture to see it larger and clearer.
I will hopefully have another blog update this week.  Wanted to get this out to all of you.  Thank you for your prayers and your impact.  More later.

Also, more pictures are up!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Camp 2 Begins

Last camp was great.  I haven't gotten the chance to write about it yet via this blog.  Thank you for your prayers.  We have a new brother and sister - Pet'r and Majda.  We also already have a new brother for Zlin camp.  He became a Christian here at training.  As Brandon, our US leader, said, "Camp hasn't even started and we're already winning."

This camp is a first time camp.  It'll be a little crazy and such, and we are excited for what God has for us there.  God has chosen us to establish the foundation for their English camp ministry.  Please pray that we establish Godly principles to build on.  This camp is also smaller, but there are still non-Christians coming who need to know Jesus and many young Christians who need to grow and mature in their relationship with Christ.  The US team is great.  Please pray that we continue to have unity and that God would protect all of us from the attacks of the enemy.

Thank you all.  More stories and such will come later.  I will not have internet for the next week.  See you Saturday.

P.S. More pictures are up!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Off and running

Which is what we are, off and running.  It is late here; US Team Training is all done.  We head out at 8:40 a.m. for Strakonice camp.  We have dinner there Friday night, prep on Saturday, and students arrive at 3:15 p.m. Saturday afternoon.  The team from Cherry Hills Church in Colorado is great.  We are all connecting really well. The Czech team is prepped and ready to go.

I will likely not have internet until next Saturday.  So, here's what we are looking at: It's a camp with over 100 people total, 55 of them being students not from any of our teams, which means about 50-55 non-Christian students at camp for a whole week with about 50-55 Christians, which means a lot of first time interaction with Christians, first time hearing any story from God's word, first time talking and being asked about spiritual, let alone Christian, things, first time being prayed for by name, first time being loved unconditionally...first time hearing the gospel.  There will also be many non-Christian students who have been in years passed and are friends with the Christians in Strakonice, which means more of God's word, more love, more being prayed for, more love, more Jesus, more gospel.

What does all this mean for you?  We have a minimum of 55 prayer requests (connection to the 55 students above just in case you missed it).  We also have prayer needs for our teams: unity, love for one another, being sensitive to the Spirit, preparation and execution of English classes, sports, evening program, talks, small groups, all of it; good weather, boldness and sensitivity to the Spirit, that we would remain connected to the vine and spend time in the Word and in prayer, that we would pour ourselves out and also get spiritual rest and renewal, that we would love well - Jesus, each other, and the students; that we would communicate the gospel clearly and without cultural baggage - Christ and Him crucified and resurrected.

Thank you all so much for all the support you've already given me in prayers and finances and encouragement.  This Strakonice camp is part of the legacy you are leaving in your wake.  With your prayers and support you are impacting over 100 people, half of which need salvation.

I love you all.  May you not grow weary in doing good.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Galatians 6:9; Ephesians 2:10).