Vorosmart, Croatia VBS

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Vorosmart, Croatia July 13-17. This past winter we received an invitation from a friend to travel in the summer to Croatia to work with a local pastor there in organizing a Vacation Bible School Week for children in his church congregations and communities.  We were very excited for this opportunity to have another outreach camp and our first camp in Croatia.

A piece of background history: Following defeat in World War I the country of Hungary was divided up and the majority of its territories were given to neighboring countries. In Transcarpathia, Ukraine we live in such an area. We live among Hungarians living in a region of Ukraine which used to belong to Hungary and has a large minority population of Hungarians. Other neighboring countries such as Slovakia, Romania, Serbia and Croatia also have similar communities of Hungarian minorities. Vorosmart is a small village in north eastern Croatia in the region of Slovania in the heart of the Hungarian minority communities of Croatia.

Unlike the other camps we organize, this was not an English camp, but exclusively a VBS week. We brought a team of university students from Ukraine with us and worked with two local pastors and their wives in conducting this camp.  Around 20-30 local kids and teenagers came daily for Bible lessons, skits, crafts, sports, activities, and lunch.  The theme of the week was focusing on 5 parables of Jesus and what he is teaching us in these parables.  It was very humbling for us to see how the LORD was working through this camp.  We give praise to Him alone for the work of His Spirit.  One young boy who attended the week long camp shared that he prayed for the first time for the LORD to work in his life!  We again praise God for this opportunity to share God’s grace and love with the youth of these communities.  We would like to give a special thank-you to Pastor György Varga and his wife and Agi, and Pastor Attila Kettős and his wife Eva who greatly blessed us and our team in guiding us as to how to best minister to the young people of these villages, and in partnering with us during this week long Vacation Bible School.  Also, we would like to thank Krisztina Sárközi, Boglárka Orosz, Andrea Kovács, Heather Kaemingk, and Blake Gelderman who blessed the students with their compassion, energy, time, and love for Christ. Please see pictures in our photo gallery. http://iccdabroad.org/photo-galleries/2015-vorosmarty-vbs/

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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