Today was the final day of our first week of teen camp! We began our day with an encouraging devotion from Maggie, and then we said goodbye to one of our translators, Peter. He was such a big help all week. Not only did he help with translating, but he was able to connect with the kids on a different level by discipling them in their own language. After our morning English session and before Dillon’s chapel message, we had to say goodbye to some of the students who were only at camp for one week. We invited them up to the stage to present them with a Bible or a book (if they had already received a Bible from camp) and a personalized bookmark from their teachers as a goodbye gift from the week.
Dillon shared from Romans 5 and following his message, the students broke into our small groups for discussion on the day’s message. One thing that has blessed me on this trip is that I have been able to take part in leading one of the advanced English small groups with Josh. Last year I did not have the chance to see what went on in these small groups, but this trip I have. I have been so encouraged by how open the students are about their lives and where they are at in their journey with Christ. Some are still searching, some are not at all, and some have grown further since last year. This to me has been the coolest part of teen English camp this year.
After small group, lunch, and a small game, we loaded two busses with the whole camp and we made our way to a town called Ajka for a day at the water park. We spent the day with the students sliding down waterslides, diving off diving boards, and relaxing in the lazy river. After a day in the soaking up the sun and soaking up God’s word, we went back to Hegyesd and said goodbye to the students who would not be returning next week. We will miss them, but are so thankful that God brought them to us for this one week.
After camp, we went to Revfulop for dinner and enjoyed the beautiful view of Lake Balaton. After a quick stop to Tesco and some fellowship with each other, we ended our night by admiring the sky full of bright stars. God’s beauty continues to put us in awe day after day. We are eager for our next week of teen camp, but are ready to recharge and rest this weekend. Please pray that the students who are returning next week will come with softened hearts, open eyes and ears, and a mind ready to consider the message of Jesus. Pray that God will rejuvenate our team this weekend so that we are ready to serve him by serving these kids next week. Thank you for all of your prayers thus far and we are so excited to continue seeing how God is working in this town!