Another summer has come to an end and with it another exciting season of summer English and Gospel outreach camps have drawn to a close. We rejoice that this marks 11 years of teaching English and sharing the Gospel through summer camp ministries. We praise God that what started as one summer camp ministry at the Peterfalva Reformed High School in Transcarpathia, Ukraine has now grown into eight different English/Outreach camps in four different countries across Eastern and Central Europe. God is faithful and we were blessed with wonderful experiences and safe travel as we traversed through Ukraine, Hungary, Croatia and Romania. We are thankful for this opportunity to serve churches and communities, teach English, and most importantly to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with hundreds of young people. We hope and pray that the Gospel impacts these young hearts and minds and through the power of the Holy Spirit, these young people will be a faithful and godly generation. We believe that it is very important to partner with and encourage the local schools, teachers, churches and pastors of these communities.
Our summer ministry camps consist of three components. conversational English lessons, games/activities, and singing/devotion times. We enjoy these opportunities to meet and develop relationships with these students, and most importantly we are thankful for the opportunity to share the Gospel and the love of Christ with these young people.
Each year the LORD meets our needs by providing for us in various ways. One such gracious provision is the volunteers who give of themselves – their time, their energy, their kindness, their patience, their love, … We could not do these camps without God providing the right people to work alongside us, ministering to the young people of Central and Eastern Europe. We would like to say a special thanks to Willianne Voogd, Carrie Rice, Nathaniel De Vries, Jenna Van der Pol, Erik Voogd, and the team from Redeemer OPC (Skip and Jan, Jessica, Julie, Kristen, Beka, and Laurie) for their willingness to travel and spend their time and energy volunteering with us and partnering with us through these summer outreach ministries. We are also very thankful to God for the many local pastors, teachers, school staff, translators and all the other many people who helped make this summer possible.