We have just ended our first night at English camp. And, if I do say so myself, it was great. At around 5:00 today the camp seemed to explode. We went from having 14 Americans and about eight Czech Team members to having 80 at Camp. That is more than we have ever had before. But first, a few things to catch up on. Petr, the cook from the last three years, is here again so the food has already been great. The weather is amazing with highs in the 60s and lows in the low 50s. I think all of our rookies feel pretty incorporated already.
On the lighter side. It is always funny to have the American English teachers call out the names of the students who will be in their classes. Pronouncing names like Lucka (a girls name pronounced Lutzka) or Bar ča Vilimovosková is not as easy as it may look. But I have never seen what I saw tonight. Fozzy read the name of the person in his class and those of us who knew who it was supposed to be were amazed to see a totally different person stand up and walk to the front. He read the name so wrong that it was actually someone else.
The theme of this year’s camp is “Upside Down” and the idea is that we are inviting the students to consider that the world they see is better seen from another perspective. Perhaps God’s perspective is the right perspective and that just might turn their world upside down. The theme of the week includes thinking that maybe what seems unfair is actually generous. What seems like it my lead to happiness may actually lead the other direction and maybe be “blessed” by God is better than happiness and being blessed might even include happiness. Perhaps being accepted because of what you do is not as good as being loved for who you are. Perhaps you don’t have to worry about your future if you can trust God to take care of your future. And, finally, perhaps God is not wanting to judge you (and neither are we), perhaps God wants to love you and already has by sending his Son to take care of your future.
Our greatest need is for your prayers. Please be praying that the enthusiasm that we feel tonight continues and is the context for the expression of God’s love through us and through His word to these students. We have lots of new faces and are so excited about this opportunity.
Everyone is healthy. Everyone is happy. We are all on task. We love you all and are falling in love with a whole new group of Czech’s. Thanks for praying for us and supporting us.
For the Only Cause that Matters,
Ken – for the Team