We are finishing up our fourth day of camp and we have “turned the corner.” The first corner I will tell you about is actually the many corners we turned on our hike today. The hike started out fantastic (downhill for 2 kilometers – although those of us in the know were aware this meant we would have to end the hike with 2 kilometers up hill.) We hiked down from Chata Zvonice into the town of Kořenov. There we caught the train (the newest one I have ever been on) and made our way to Harrachov. We got out at the train station and hiked 6 kilometers to a delightful water fall. Mumlavske waterfall is situated in a small ski village (complete with 70, 90, 120, and 180 meter ski jumps). The water was cold but not cold enough to keep an entire hoard a teenagers from jumping in, sliding down and essentially confirming ever stereotype of Americans the Czech students have ever heard. I may have to talk to a few parents when we get home. We had a fantastic time at the waterfall eating lunch and being crazy. We went back to the village where we shopped, bungee jumped and rode alpine slides. Dodging thunderstorms on the way home we arrived back at Zvonice seven hours later tired but with smiles on our faces?
Our second, and far more important, corner is the spiritual turn that has taken place at camp. Our students are sharing their testimonies left and right, all day long. Every one of our discussion groups has gone very deep in their personal sharing and the spiritual conversations are all moving in the right direction. Three of our students have shared the gospel with their room mates (during the dance party – that is a big deal). We are hearing clear reports of students who are back for the third or fourth camp who have made clear progress in moving toward God. I say this every year, but coming to faith in Christ in a communist culture is a very slow process and we are seeing great movement with students who came to camp as strong atheists who now believe in God and are reading the bible and grappling with the truth of who Jesus claimed to be and what he did. On the hike I overheard one conversation about the resurrection and another about Jesus doing miracles.
Please cover us in prayer and ask God to give us courage, boldness and wisdom as we share the most important message of all – the life saving and life giving message of Jesus and his death and resurrection. Pray that students will respond in faith and get plugged into the Youth Group at Arka Church and that they will be disciple to walk with God, love others and leave an impact I their country.
For the Only Cause that Matters,
Ken – for the team