Thursday, July 08, 2010

"And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion..." Philippians 1:6

As a team we have been studying through the book of Philippians this summer. I have been so incredibly encouraged and challenged by this letter of Paul and by the brothers and sisters I am studying it with. The theme of the book is often defined as "joy." That is what I want to communicate to you about this last week's English Camp!

The entire week was characterized by joy that can only come from the Lord. We were all able to build relationships with the 18 students that came through sports, games, English classes, evening programs, and discussion groups. 

We felt an incredible wave rush over the entire camp, leaving no student unaffected by the Message communicated and by God's love. Although not everyone made a profession of faith, the Lord is drawing every single one of them closer to Himself. 

And, just as stated in the verse at the top, we believe that the work is not done. God will continue to do His will in the lives of these young students. It is a process, and especially in a country as dark as Croatia it is slow work, but we trust that the seeds that were planted this week will cause faith to grow. And we are constantly rejoicing in the Lord for those who did make professions of faith! 

Please pray for the faith of these young believers - both new and who grew up in the church. All of them need discipleship, and able men and women to disciple are scarce. It is our team's goal to invest in the lives of these hungry individuals while we are still here, but we won't be here for much longer. Pray that God would raise up leaders of the church in this needy country! 

1 comment:

Claire said...

loved seeing pictures!! thanks for taking time to post!