Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Above: Years ago, Levi was a first time camper and lost in this world. He had suffered through his parents divorcing, friends at school abandoning him and then a move to a new area. At just the right time, God led him to one of our camps and He came to know Jesus Christ. That first encounter led Levi to a decision that was mostly made in emotion. By the time he attending his second camp his life was no different than before meeting Jesus and he knew it. God brought conviction to his heart and in that second camp, Levi gave his entire life to Jesus. He began attending a youth group and church and his life truly began to change. Levi served on my team in this camp and it was joy to have him. He had the opportunity to share his testimony on Gospel Night and many campers sought after him to ask more questions about his decision in the days following. My roommate Matyi who was very quite even shared with me that Levi’s testimony really spoke to him and he could relate to what Levi shared. Matyi shared with me that he then made a decision to believe in Jesus.
Above: One of Levi’s best friends Laci was with us at camp again this year. We have seen Laci progress from being a full fledged atheist to being open to the possibility that God exists over the years. This year, after days of reading God’s word together, various presentations of the Gospel and discussions, Laci remained in his seat after Gospel night. He wasn’t ready to make a decision that night, but it seemed he was running out of questions. Every time I heard someone else talking to him, God was giving them wisdom and the Spirit was leading them to help Laci find answers. On the final day of camp, there was a meeting for those who still had questions about all that had been shared about Jesus. Laci was the only one who showed up to the optional meeting. A few camp leaders like Roger, Val and Coach were there and continued to talk. After a while, none of them felt that Laci was ready, but little did they know, Laci had already decided in his heart that he was ready! He was waiting for someone to ask him again, “Are you ready to put your faith in Jesus Christ”. When the question came, he said, “Yes, I’m ready to make a decision.” In a sincere prayer, Laci said, “I don’t care what my friends think, I don’t care what anyone thinks anymore, I’m believing in you.” Praise God for Laci’s decision and for Laci having Levi in his life to be a spiritual big brother.
Above: Others who made decisions this week from L to R: Dori, Bogi, Barbi and Matyi. On the first day of camp, Dori shared with her roommate Hugi that she believed in the big bang theory, while Hugi shared that God is our Creator. Through the week, Dori would not only continue to hear about the God of the universe, but also hear counter arguments about why we believe in a Creator as opposed to evolution. But what really struck Dori was the love she saw in each camp worker. She saw that we were completely different and wanted to know why. On the day where we present the Gospel in our morning reading hour, Dori was ready to make a decision. Later that night, Levi and I got to talk with her more and each subsequent day we met and discussed various questions she had about prayer, forgiveness and the new life God had given her through Jesus Christ. When I arrived home, I received an email from Dori: “I managed to tell my family about my decision. To my surprise they were happy for me. Since camp, I’ve been reading through the book of John.” It was a challenge for Dori to tell her parents because her family is Jewish. She has members that are practicing and some family members that are not happy about her decision. Please pray for her to live as light in her family and grow in the knowledge of God’s will as she seeks Him first.
Bogi (pictured second from the left) is from our area. Bogi’s sister Zsofi made a decision in one of our camping outreaches for teens years ago and then had to move to Ireland for a time. Instead of falling away from her faith, Zsofi has flourished and will be a great help to her younger sister Bogi. Please pray for Bogi to grow in understanding of God’s love and plan for her life. Pray that she may be rooted in the word of God and experience the freedom that God has provided through Jesus.
Before leaving camp, we held a special meeting for those who made decisions to believe in Jesus. We talked about the battles that would be ahead and the best way to prepare for the coming trials. Each of them received a Bible and we discussed some basics about Bible study and prayer. Please pray for these campers and others who are already believers but have recommitted their lives. Pray for new growth, a passion for Jesus and His truth and for God’s Gospel to be carried to even more through them. Pray for their protection from the enemy and for them to gain spiritual discernment and wisdom.
Above: The Sunday service in Vecsés after camp. Many campers and families visited and witnessed Levi’s baptism into Christ.
We appreciate your continued support and prayers! Next weekend we’ll be having a camping outreach for teens in the town of Jászfényszaru. Many teens from Petofibanya will also attend including Bogi who just made a decision at English Camp. Please pray for edifying small group discussions and for God’s word to impact these teens’ lives at our camp.
Monday, July 06, 2015
Above: A special treat for the kids on our last day of camp. It is hard to believe that this is our 10th VBS in Petofibanya! As hoped for, many parents responded to the invitation to join us on our last day.
Above: Our morning presentation included singing, a evangelistic drama and a special puppet show.
Above: Some camp workers were busy preparing goulash soup most of the morning to be ready in time for lunch.
Above: This was the biggest turn out of parents we have ever had. Arnold (above in green shirt) helped by sharing his testimony along with Tomi, Dezso and myself. The parents got to hear from many different perspectives how the Gospel changed our lives. Praise God for this open door!
Above: Parents had a good time joining in with their kid’s activities.
Above: Heidi spending some time in private conversation and prayer with two teens from her group. Pray that God continues to draw them to Himself (Bogi and Kata).
Thank all of you for your prayers. This was a great VBS and we look forward to seeing how the many seeds planted will bear fruit for God’s glory!
We would appreciate your prayers as we now prepare for English Camp (10 days away). We have a team from Petofibanya preparing an Evangelistic drama and a few younger campers from our area that are in need of salvation.