We are so excited to have finally arrived at “Gospel Night”. Wednesday was a ton of fun, with a relaxed day recovering from the hike and an amazing night game in the woods. During the night game we were all flies trying to gather mutated germs from a group of mad scientists. Barcha, Medved, Petrunda, Radek and Lida did an amazing job writing the script and producing a drama that introduced the game. The game ended at Midnight with a sighting of the Northern Lights.
As much fun as the game was our attention has turned clearly toward the spiritual harvest. There are important spiritual conversations taking place all throughout the day. AND Praise the Lord for Alyssa Strickland and Daniza. Last night during the night game Alyssa stayed behind to talk with one of her room mates. Daniza has been coming to camp for the past four years. She comes every year with Jana and Zuzka from the city of Podebrady about 20 miles from Pardubice. Daniza is a very sweet girl and has been slowly moving toward God over the four years. She has come to believe that there is a God and that the bible is his communication to us. Last night Alyssa was very bold in not only sharing the gospel clearly (Christ’s death and resurrection to pay for her sins and her need to accept God’s gift of salvation through trusting in Christ’s work) but Alyssa also asked, “What is keeping you from making a decision tonight?” When Daniza said, “Nothing really”, Alyssa led her through making the decision to accept Christ in a personal way. It was a great to come back from the night game and see the joy on both Alyssa and Daniza’s faces. I was so excited to find out that the former youth pastor at Arka Church in Pardubice left four years ago to start a church in Podebrady, so Daniza has a place to find spiritual community and grow in her faith. God is already working. Thank you for your prayers.
As you continue to cover us in prayer I want to ask you to pray for a few specific requests. First pray that Daniza’s friends, Zuzka and Jana, would join her in that decision to follow Christ so that can continue their journey together. Also, pray that tonight God will open hearts to hear the clearest presentation of the gospel I will make all week. I have talked about how a life of freedom to do anything you want as well as a life living by a set of rules will never satisfy. I have also talked about God’s desire to have a relationship with them and how God is the one who is pursuing them and and will do whatever it takes to be reconciled with them. Tonight I will talk about Christ’s provision on the cross that pays the penalty for their sin and removes all barriers between them and God. We will make a pointed invitation to trust Christ. This is followed by what we call a “labyrinth” which is a simple set of four stations that walk them through some of the themes of the week in a “hands on” format. The labyrinth ends with them making a choice to either leave a rock on which they have written their sins and concerns behind or take it with them. Then, they will return to a “chiovna” (tea house) where the Christians are available for individual personal conversations. Pray that these conversations will be focused on the gospel and that the right students will be talking to the perfectly prepared and equipped believer to answer their questions and invite them to accept the gift of salvation.
This is the most important night of camp and we know it. We want you to know it and be partnering with us in prayer. Since we are seven hours ahead of you the night will start at 12:15 p.m. your time and last until 5:00 p.m. Please, if you can be praying for us during that time ask God to be working through us.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.
For the Only Cause that Matters,
Ken – for the Team