Our last full day of camp is coming to a close. The Lodge where we have been staying (Severomoravská Chata) has been a perfect setting and comfy home for the past week. We have had everything we need to build relationships with our new, and old, Czech friends. The food has been good, the showers has been hot and the Kofola has flowed freely and constantly.
Last night I presented a strong gospel challenge and the students were all invited to go through a labyrinth of stations that allowed each one of them to individually think through the themes of the week. The main idea of the week has been that in the “Reign Forever” Kingdom of Jesus they find a new Identity as the Children of God and a new Community in the Family of God and a new Purpose in the Story of God. Each of them was asked to spend some time with some hands on activity that allowed them to encounter the themes in very personal way. Afterward, our dinning room/meeting room was transformed into a Cajovna (Tearoom) where the students stay and had many significant conversations late into the evening.
As we talked this morning it seems that many of the students have taken steps closer to Christ and we have heard from a few students from previous camps who have solidified their faith in Christ. Please keep all of these students in your prayers. Following Christ in this culture is very difficult. I spoke with one young woman last night who shared with me that her parents kicked her out of her house had her live with her Grandma because she had become a Christian and continued to insist on attending church. I have also heard of a number of groups who are meeting together to pray and read the Bible because they do not feel free to go to church.
As we leave camp tomorrow and travel back to Pardubice for Follow Up, our team will separate and spend the night in the homes of some of our students. We will have an activity Saturday night with as many students as possible in order to connect them to the life of the youth group (Mladež). I will be preaching at Archa Church on Sunday morning before we head back to Prague. After a day and a half in Prague we head home on Tuesday morning. Keep us in your prayers. I would ask that you pray that we finish strong, arrive home safely and that our investment here breathes life into the youth group and the church and results in many coming to know Christ as savior.
For the Only Cause that Matters,
Ken, for the Team