Team Pardubice is doing well after our second day of team training at Pesky Sternberk. A lot of our time today has been focused on building unity among our team and with Pardubice English Camp leaders. This is an important element to the trip and our team has done this incredibly well so far.
Many of the Pardubice mladez (youth group) leaders have been coming to camps for many years with Fellowship’s teams, led by people that have built a foundation before us. It’s humbling to see the fruit from all the prayers and ministry that our church body has been committed to over the years. In fact, just the past few years, there have been some unique connections made that continue to strengthen each year’s trip. An impressive aspect about mladez Pardubice is that their leaders are high school and college students. This is the norm here. Josiah Venture shared stats earlier today that among the 220 youth groups in the entire country, there are a total of six paid youth workers. Because of this, our goal each year includes encouraging those whom God has called into leadership roles. Expectations are high and spiritual warfare is heavy on these leaders who are also full-time students themselves.
Tonight was the conclusion of American team training. Tomorrow we travel to Pardubice to meet up with Czech leaders and then will transport to the site of our English camp: Severomoravská chata (yes, I know. Czech does not make it easy on us with their vocabulary!). To close our training, our teams took communion together and were commissioned out in prayer. Our Josiah Venture Bohemian leader, Landen Llamas, shared this timely and appropriate scripture as we ended:
“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” ~ 1 Timothy 6:11-12
Please be in prayer for safety in our travels. Also, please pray for each of us as we transition our focus to building relationships with the local Czechs we’ll be interacting with. Our goal is that through building these connections, we will have an opportunity to share the hope and love of Jesus.
The next update from Team Pardubice will come in the next two days as we arrive at camp. Our students are doing so well and I cannot wait to tell you specific examples of what all God is doing in each of their lives! In the meantime, check out some of the pics below from our time at the training camp over our first few days.