Budapest – 7/16/2015 – Ryan Gilles

Today was one of those days that started heavy. Eight days of camp behind, two left, caught somewhere between the pressure of feeling that there is both so little and so much time left. I think that is something we’ve all wrestled with in our own ways over these past few days. As we struggled to muster up enthusiasm during our morning meeting before camp, we appreciated the reminder from Donny during the devotion: “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith,” Hebrews 12:1-2.

IMG_20150716_191006The focus of the day was parent’s night; an event in the evening where the student’s parents come to see highlights from the two weeks of camps. Each class was responsible for preparing short skit to accompany some songs and a testimony from one of our team members, Dave. Many if not most of the students come from non-Christian homes and ultimately, this camp is an incredible opportunity to reach not only the kids but their parents as well. “Really try and be intentional meeting and interacting with the parents,” Brad reminded all of us during our morning meeting. “The parents can see the difference this camp makes in their kids lives and this is a chance for them to see why.”

I got the chance to see that first-hand tonight while interacting with the father of two of our campers named Micky and Juli. They have been to camp multiple years and even though their parents have no interest in spiritual things, they are both clearly growing in their understanding of the Gospel. As I talked with their father at the end of the evening, after the skits, the songs and the testimonies had concluded, he shared that they all love this camp. They see the difference it makes in their son and daughter each year. In the past, their father has told Brad, “Whatever you are doing with those kids, keep on doing it.”

That’s just one fresh reminder of how the Gospel is at work here in Budapest. We don’t know all the seeds that are being planted or in what kind of soil they will land, but it’s so encouraging to see the ripples that happen as the Word goes out. With that in mind, I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for tomorrow.

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3 responses to “Budapest – 7/16/2015 – Ryan Gilles

  1. Ryan, parent’s night sounds like a very fine opportunity to let the gospel work into the lives of the students’ homes! God is being very merciful with you, there in Budapest, giving you the privilege of touching lives for eternity. May the good Lord keep you all strong and encouraged, hoping and trusting in him, that your strength be renewed!
    Pastor Mike
    “I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me.” Galatians 2:20

  2. I read your updates and just want to tell you that they are so encouraging. Sound like the good being done there is impacting even the parents. Those kids have learned about God and who Jesus is and that will stay with them, and with all our prayers it will grow. Finish strong! God bless you all

  3. I am so proud of the witness all of you have made for the Lord and the impact it has had on your lives. You are all Chosen ones. Maybe some of you will be future career missionaries to Hungary. Wouldn’t that be a blessing to all.

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