Sunday, August 30, 2009

Looking back at June- August

English Evangelistic Youth Camp:
Around 50 campers came to the camp. Most of them were unbelievers. Around 18 of them came from the Medical University. We ended up with a very diverse crowd. However it made the camp very interesting. This diversity was not only seen through their walks in life but also through their spiritual condition as well. Some of the campers came interested, opened and hungry for the Gospel and some campers came completely closed to the Gospel- even talking about it, they just wanted to have fun with their friends. But as the camp continued, it was wonderful to observe how the Lord changed the hearts of people throughout the week. At the end of camp we still had people who did not really care and wanted to know nothing about Christ and HIS sacrifice for THEIR sins. But most of the campers had a good response and were willing to learn about what Christ has done for them and what they need to do now.
Gospel night was a great encouragement! The same Gospel message was presented and then, when we asked people whether they understand this message and would like to trust Christ for their salvation around 13 people responded that this is what they would want to do. Praise the Lord! After the Gospel night I was talking to one of the team members and told him that despite the fact that Anneke and I have been involved in about 35 camps I am still amazed how God uses simple words of the Gospel and convicts people’s hearts and draws them closer to Him. I was reminded of Romans 1:16 :
"For I am not ashamed of the Gospel: for it is the power of God unto Salvation to every one that believeth; to Jew first, and also to the Greek."
It was wonderful to realize that it is not human words that convict the hearts of the campers, but God Himself, and it is a blessing to be an obedient tool in God’s hands and to watch Him work through us despite our weaknesses. We do serve the Great and Big God!

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