Updates from Summer 2015 English Camps!
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Looking Back on Summer 2015:
Sharing the Love of Jesus


We had a great summer! Camps were held in Eurasia, Germany, Moldova, the Philippines, Portugal (pictured, lower right), and Switzerland. We shared the love of Jesus with hundreds of young people while teaching them English. Over 100 staff from North America served alongside local staff to provide campers with a variety of games, activities, lessons, and discussions.

Praise:
  • for the many lives deeply impacted by the truth of the Gospel.
  • for all of our North American and local staff and national camp leaders. They gave selflessly to serve at one (or two) of our many camps this past year.
Pray for effective follow-up of those new to the faith after camps.

May the Lord multiply and bless this fruitful ministry!

Diane Kraines
English Camps
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A Few Camp Highlights


The Philippines
"Our team of ten spent a week leading an English camp in Manila.... We used Narnia curriculum and an ESL opportunity to share the love of Jesus with [45 sixth graders] from a very under-resourced community.... All of us bonded with the kids. There were lots of prayers, laughter, times of worship, and tears at the end. What a wonderful journey."
~Allen Bartimioli, Pastor of Missions and Outreach, Phoenix, AZ
 

Germany
"One young man, returning for his third year at camp, shared that he came to Christ after camp last year. He feels led to go into the ministry as a pastor, so he asked if he could give his testimony to the other campers. We never know what an impact we may have or how the Holy Spirit may be working in someone’s life [at camp]."  
~Sharon Summers, Camp Supervisor
 

Eurasia
"I am always amazed at how God works in the hearts of men and women around the world; how He meets them directly at their need and reveals Himself to them. When you participate in a cross-cultural experience, you see that He's at work in His global church. When two teams experience each other culturally from two very different countries, with neither fully understanding the other and sometimes coming to flawed conclusions, somehow God can put us all together, working towards a common goal for His sake. He fills in all the gaps, with love....
 
...For five summers now...we have forged a treasured relationship with churches in [Eastern European city]. Our North American team has come to love the [Eastern European city church]. We have been united in God's purposes through English Camp....God has been faithful! A few this week have come to lasting faith in Jesus Christ."
~Terry Schmidt, Camp Supervisor
 
Moldova 
"Our theme was "God is Love. This is a simple sentence, but it had eternal significance for the 100 Moldovan campers at English Camp this year. Throughout the week, in everything we planned for and executed, we proclaimed that God’s love is forever, unchangeable, inclusive, and personal."
 
"...Igor [pictured with Sherry] had been coming to English camp every year since it started and was now returning for his fifth time. He had been my student for the first two years and, I have to admit, he was one of my favorites! God pressed me to pray for him even before I left for camp. There was a particular urgency to it, as though this year would be the last opportunity he would be able to come to camp because of his age and his need to work in the future. It was a huge blessing and joy to see him go forward on the last night when an invitation was given. Later in conversation I heard his new heart and trust in the Lord come through. He said he would like an English Bible, so I gave him mine as a gift.  A couple of the junior staff were already lining him up to go to [a church in Chisinau] with them in the future. It took five years of hearing the Good News before Igor could fully respond, but the joy of his decision was so sweet for me, that I won’t ever forget it."
~Sherry Neuner, Camp Supervisor
"It is worth everything – worth the cost of time and resources, the effort in fundraising, the countless meetings, the planning and organization, the physical discomfort or exertion, the sacrifice of extended time away from loved ones, and the exhaustion – to know you have had a part in affecting the transfor-mation of someone’s earthly life and their eternal destination. It’s an honour and a privilege to serve at these English camps."    ~Terry Schmidt
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