Day 5 at Camp has started and we are pushing toward the finish line. The Camp has been very exciting and we have maintained a great sense of unity both among our team and with the Czech Team. At this point it seems that all of the boundaries are down and we are simply “English Camp 2011.” Last night we had a fantastic “Night Game” which involved hunting for Dwarves in the forest and gathering gold from them. One Dwarf had gone mad and was actually stealing gold from the “Searchers.” It was one of the best night games ever! We could not use flashlights. We had only the bright night stars to guide us. We finished at midnight and realized at that point how very tired we all are. The lights were out and the Camp was silent within minutes of arriving back and Penzion Koniklec.
The team is all doing well (but tired). Zach and Jessica have been amazing leading Camp Songs and worship all week long. Caroline and Jordan K. are simply remarkable as they lead the dances (Connor “He is so tall and handsome”, spoken with a Czech accent frequently, and Alyssa Strickland have surprised us all with their dance moves throughout the week as well. Mark and Char, I want to have a conversation with you when we get back.) Jordan L, Sam and Bob are more full of energy than any three kids I have ever seen (except when they call home and seem to immediately go into a coma while talking to their parents.). Ben “Zulu Leader” Hughey sees everything through military eyes while Nick and Nick are quietly making the entire camp laugh and connecting well with the advanced English classes. Melodie and Alyssa are “on task” 24/7 developing relationships non-stop. Ty (wearing ty-dyed shirts every day) always has a sneaky smile on his face that I am still a little worried about. Jenna, our married veteran, is an invaluable resource, especially in all of the English classes. Phil and Blake add an element of maturity and discipleship focus to the trip that is invaluable while Anderson has the entire camp running through his iPad – I think he is even cooking the meals with that thing.
As you are thinking of us please keep our evening program in your prayers. Tonight is the most important night of the camp. This is the reason we are here – to present the good news that by simply placing your faith in Jesus Christ and his death in our place on the cross that we can have a present and eternal relationship with God. It has nothing to do with our performance but it entirely based on the grace of God and his provision through Christ.
In our training back in the US, Shane and I have been clear that the progression with the Czechs moves from (1) Believing in God to (2) He has spoken through the Bible to (3) The Bible reveals the story of God’s Son, Jesus Christ to (4) Salvation comes through faith in the work of Christ as he died for our sins on the cross. It has been exciting to see students making progress through those steps both from year to year and even in the midst of this camp. Many students who we met just three years ago came in as Atheists and now firmly believe that God exists and that he has spoken through the Bible. We are praying that many will take the next steps and find the greatest gift – salvation through Jesus. Please join us in those prayers.
Under the Cross (pod křížem)
Ken – for the Team