Thank you so much for praying for us yesterday. We have been setting the stage all week long for our evening program last night. Building relationships, discovering where each student is in their spiritual journey, and gaining trust so we can talk with them about Jesus, all comes to a climax on Thursday night. The evening talk makes the Gospel explicitly clear and asks each student to personally consider how they will respond to what they have heard all week.
One giant praise from last night is that Jindra trusted Christ as her Savior. At the end of a long, long conversation she prayed and accepted God’s provision for her in Christ. Her first response was that she wanted to sing some worship songs. Wow! Zach was summoned and four people sat in a room singing worship songs with a new Believer embracing and understanding what she was singing for the first time.
Many other important conversations were had throughout the night. Each of them saw students moving closer to God. One young girl whose name is Dada told Laura that she had never met a Christian before and she wanted to know what it was like to believe in God. She was curious. Many others have accepted that there is a God who wants to have a relationship with them but are trying to put all of the pieces together regarding what it means to have a relationship with Him. Most students find it very difficult to understand that becoming a Christian is not about following a new set of rules, but is about trusting what Christ has done for them on the cross. The idea of grace is completely new to them. Not only is their culture very performance based, but they do not even have a word for grace in the Czech language. This makes the gospel very hard to explain and embrace.
Two students who are here at camp for the first time (a boyfriend and girlfriend) have decided that the Youth Group is such a fun and loving place that they want to be a part of it. The process has started for them.
As you pray today keep in mind that the conversion process over here is really a process. When Dolec gave his testimony this week he talked through the three year journey of becoming a Christian. That is pretty normal. So we have played an important role in opening the door for many young Czech’s to be exposed to the gospel, but the long hard process of following up is now passed to the Youth Group from the church. The Youth Group meets every Saturday (many students come home from their universities every weekend) and is made up of 30 students, ten of them are unbelievers who find the Youth Group to be the best community they can be a part of. Please keep them in your prayers. The leaders are amazing. You can pray for Petrunda, Radik, Ufon, Joncha, Terka, Martina, and Lucka as they lean into these new relationships this year.
Tomorrow we leave camp and return to Pardubice where we will have an activity there and then gather for church Sunday morning. Because of our schedule this is likely the last update I will be able to send out before we go home. Pray for our time in follow up and our free day in Prague, as well as safety for our travels home.
Thank you for supporting us in prayer. We love you and can’t wait to get home and share more stories.
For the Only Cause that Matters,