Czech Team Update: Camp is Coming to a Close…

By Jason McConahy,

Greetings church family!

Today is the last full day of camp, and we have had a full and blessed week. It was sad to conclude my last English lesson with my students today - it is amazing how much connection you can make with someone in just 5 or 6 days. Tomorrow we will pack up and head back to Vsetin with the students.

One night the worship team was visited by the 1980s.

One night the worship team was visited by the 1980s.

Everyone doing the camp dance at our evening gathering.

Everyone doing the camp dance at our evening gathering.

The room (during the evening of reflection) where the students were reading the notes from their group leaders.

The room (during the evening of reflection) where the students were reading the notes from their group leaders.

Over the course of this week we have been sharing the gospel “story” of the Bible. Last night Freddy (the pastor of Majak church) shared about the death and resurrection of Jesus and called the students to place their faith in Him. After that, we had a time of contemplation set-up for the students. They would walk around, and at each station they would ponder some of the things they had learned this week. One station had them think about the way they view themselves. The next station had them ponder the way others viewed them. Then they went to a station that focused on the way God sees them. At this station, they each had a hand-written note from their group leader that spoke encouraging words to them and helped them see God’s love for them. It was powerful to see the impact this had on each of them.

We have had so many fruitful conversations with these kids this week, calling them to faith in Christ. We had the privilege of seeing a few of the kids believe in Jesus! We saw many of the kids grow deeper in their love for Christ. And we also saw many others who are open about their unbelief, but who were engaged in deeper thought about Christ and were challenged in their presuppositions. Satan wants to steal the seed that has been sown, so please pray for each of these students in the next days and week, that God would (through His Spirit) continue to draw them deeper into His grace.

A few of the students had to leave a few days early so we walked them to the train station.

A few of the students had to leave a few days early so we walked them to the train station.

As we head back to Vsetin, each of the team-members will be staying with one of the campers and their family. We will get together for group activities on Sunday and Monday. This is to help connect the students to the Majak youth group (“club”) so that lasting connections and relationships can be fostered. So, in many ways, though we are changing locations, it is as though camp is continuing for a few more days.

We will spend the day in Prague on Tuesday as a team, resting and sight-seeing, before we head home on Wednesday (the 13th). Thank you for your ongoing prayers.

On behalf of the team,
Jason