Good morning everybody. I am sorry that we have not taken time to update you but we have been quite busy with training and settling in for the last five days. Our travel to the Czech Republic was somewhat eventful. (The official name has been changed to Czechia, but no one is using it.)
In Little Rock we got an offer for six of our people to take a later flight and each get a $500.00 flight voucher. After getting some pretty certain guarantees that we would all be able to make the connections in Atlanta for our flight to Paris we left six. Two came to Atlanta about three hours later and the last four were the last four to get on the plane.
We also had a close call in Paris because of a delay at Passport Control. We were the last ones to get on that flight as well. In the end all eighteen members of our team arrived in Prague on time Tuesday afternoon and walked through customs together. Since I am preaching through James (all about trials) we did manage to lose four pieces of luggage (all girls).
Our American Team training this year was at a new place, Czesky Sternberk. Check it out online (http://www.
Three members of our Czech Team joined us on Wednesday afternoon. It was great to see Patrunda, Kalvich, and Terka. Petrunda and Kalvich have been coming to camp since we started partnering with Archa Church in Pardubice in 2009. Terka came to camp three years ago as an atheist from an atheist
family and over the past three years has decided to believe in God, trust Christ, tell her family about it (that was huge) and be open with her friends that she is a Christian. She was our Czech guide for travels to Pardubice and on to our camp.
Our camp! What can I say. The newbies this year have no idea what it has been like in the past. The view is utterly gorgeous. The facility is the best we have ever had and this is my twelfth English camp. The food has been fantastic. Our Campers arrive at 4:00 today (Sunday) and the week gets started with a bang. Pray that we will be warm and welcoming and that old relationships be renewed easily and that new students will connect quickly. The theme for this year’s camp is “Did you get my message?” The idea is that God is tell you a story in the bible about how he has created us for relationship with Him and how Jesus was sent to make it possible. So, did you get my message?
Pray that the students will get the message and respond to it by placing their faith is Christ and growing deep in that relationship in a country where following Jesus is rare.
For the Only Cause that Matters,