Campers have arrived and English Camp has begun at Severomoravska chata! It’s been a busy day with preparation and with beginning our first night of the evening program.
On Friday night, our team had a great meeting to gather and focus our attention on why we are here. Our times as a team this week will be some of the more encouraging experiences at camp. The first week can be tiring, but God does something special when each of us gathers for the same purpose.
This morning, both the Czech and Fellowship leadership teams focused on our purpose at camp. I shared a passage from Philippians 2:1-4 with the message being on unity in Christ. Each of us has an individual goal at camp: being personally devoted to our relationship with Christ. The way we get to unity is through humility. Our biggest battle this week will not be against the weather or against the camp environment. It will be the internal struggle when we begin to become tired as the week wears on. Humility is vital if we are to reach unity.
Campers arrived around 5 PM and immediately our team began working on developing connections. This team is young comparative to years past, but they are doing a great job of communicating with Czech students. Our English Camp is made up of twenty-nine campers and twenty-nine American and Czech leaders. Of the twenty-nine campers, most of them are first-time visitors and do not have a religious background. That is a perfect 1:1 ratio, something we are looking at as a great opportunity to connect with each student – especially those who do not know Jesus or have even heard of Him before. An interesting aspect about camp is that twenty-four of the campers are girls, and only five of them are guys. Every year has its set of curveballs and this is something we are laughing about, knowing that God has intentional purpose with each aspect of our camp.
We began the evening program with an excitement in the air – an unusual amount of energy for the first night. Bryan Abramovitz led our icebreakers outside, and nothing is more hilarious than watching each person try to say names and repeat them down a congo line of people. After that, both Sam Watkins and Hannah Martin led our camp dance motions and teaching, while Adlee Watkins did a great job leading camp songs. To finish the evening program, I opened the camp theme up with an introduction to what we are going to be doing this week: talking about what it means to be seen. We will share stories about Jesus and how he sees us in each area of our lives. Our evening ended with a “Retro Night” (50’s night) party, where Adlee Watkins (Elvis) and Sam Watkins (Frank Sinatra) both did great in capturing their characters. All of our students and adult leaders are doing a great job. We now have names and faces to connect with and pray for – this will change each of our approach in how we spend our time and efforts from this point forward. I will update specifics on each team member as the week goes on.
Please pray for
- Our camp tomorrow as we begin a routine schedule for the rest of camp. We open each morning with English classes, followed by afternoon activities, then close with the evening program and discussion groups.
- Our discussions at night. Our goal is to build on discussions each night – culminating in a Gospel presentation on Thursday night.
Prayers from each of you are the most valuable thing you can do for us. Thanks for being a faithful church body who prays and values the mission in the Czech Republic. We are having a lot of fun already. I just pray our words and actions are Spirit-led each step of the way.