Carpathian Mountain English Camp


Carpathian Mountains July 27-29: Throughout the spring and winter months we have been invited to spend one afternoon a week teaching a conversational English class in a local university in Beregszasz, Ukraine. Beregszasz is a large city of Transcarpathia near the Hungarian border, which is home to the Rakoczi Ferenc Magyar Foiskola (Rakoczi Ferenc Hungarian College).  The head of the English faculty at the college has asked us the past three years to conduct a three day summer English Camp with students majoring in English at the college.  Many of these students we see throughout the year in weekly English classes and some of these students also make up the core of students attending our weekly Bible Study throughout the winter and spring months. We relish the opportunity to spend a few days with them in the summer at this short English camp.  Normally this camp consists of merely a few hours a day at the college in a class room.  Thanks to a grant from the Zondervan Foundation of Grand Rapids Michigan, we were able to move this camp off location to the Carpathian Mountains for three days of lectures, English lessons, hiking, and eating meals together.  It was a great opportunity to spend long days getting to know these students instead of just seeing them for a couple of hours in a class room.  We hope and pray that God can use this camp to encourage students in their faith and to lead others to faith in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  We thank Heather Kaemingk and Blake Gelderman for spending time with us in this camp and we would also like to thank Norm and Carol Bomer who graciously came and spent time with our university students teaching them about art and literature motivated out of a love for Christ.  Please see our gallery for pictures.


About Eric Hoeksema

Stacey, my wife, and I are located in western Ukraine, living with and working among a Hungarian population in Transcarpathia, Ukraine.

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