Czech Team Update: Pre-Camp Training with Josiah Venture

By Jason McConahy,
Team meeting after arriving in Malenovice

Team meeting after arriving in Malenovice

Church family,

Thanks for sending us out with your support and your prayers. The team arrived safely on Tuesday evening after 24 hours of travel. Everyone is adjusting well, and we are enjoying our time in Malenovice at the Josiah Venture training center. In case you have never heard of Josiah Venture, here are some helpful details for understanding the dynamics of our trip. 

The KAM Hotel which is Josiah Venture’s training and retreat facility

The KAM Hotel which is Josiah Venture’s training and retreat facility

Josiah Venture (JV) is an organization that has been pioneering youth ministry in Central and Eastern Europe for nearly two decades. Their vision is to be “A movement of God among the youth of Central and Eastern Europe that finds its home in the local church and transforms society.” They serve the local churches in places like the Czech Republic by providing the structure and expertise for putting on the English camps that have been such an effective outreach to the youth in the culture. 

During one of our training sessions today learning some of the history of Czech culture

During one of our training sessions today learning some of the history of Czech culture

During our evening training session as we learned the camp dance

During our evening training session as we learned the camp dance

Because of our partnership with Majak (Lighthouse Church), MVC has been consistently sending teams to host camps for the youth of Vsetin, the city where Majak is. Josiah Venture provides an important link between MVC and Majak in this yearly endeavor. Before heading to the Vsetin camp, we are spending two days being trained by JV. We are with two other teams from the U.S. that will be doing camps in the same region. We are learning about Czech culture and the spiritual history of the region, being trained to teach our English lessons, learning everything we’ll need to know to serve our role at camp, and also connecting with the Czech leaders from Majak that we will be working with.  We are also enjoying beautiful views, good food, and (fairly) comfortable bed before slightly “downgrading” in all of these areas for the camp we will be at. 

Pray for God to prepare each of us, not only for the role He wants us to play at camp, but also for the things He wants to teach each of us as we make ourselves available to him over the next two weeks. Thank you for praying for us. 

On behalf of the team,
Jason