Friday, July 30, 2010

English Camp ~ Week 2

Wow! It is hard to believe that the second week of English Camp is drawing to a close. The days of camp are always so full. We are up every morning by 6:00. Team devotionals are held at 7:15, they are a sweet time of singing and praying together. It is always a joy to have some of our Czech friends join us for this time together. It is hard to imagine what it would be like to only have Christian fellowship during one week in the year. It causes my heart to rejoice when I see that they come, listen and watch attentively. How we pray that God will cause them to see the light of Christ through words and actions.

It is hard, once again to think of these dear friends driving off. I gather that it is just as difficult for them. As we began packing up today, many asked, “Are you leaving now?” Often on Saturday morning, many linger until the last moment, before saying not good-bye, but see you next year or see you later. It seems that this year I came thinking about the long conversations I would be able to have with so many, and yet here on this last day of camp I am wondering where all the time for those conversations went. Fleeting are the moments.

The Lord has been at work here. Hearts have been softened toward the gospel. Those who are hurting, broken, full of sorrow and pain have been encouraged, strengthened and helped through the ministry of camp. One of the sweetest things that happened last week at camp was that on Friday evening after all of the closing activities, skits, songs and acknowledgments one of the struggling campers asked us to sing “In Christ Alone.” It was the absolutely best way to close out a week of camp with our dear friends.

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