Closing up Camp

It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the sixth and final day of camp. What a week it has been! These last few days seemed to fly by as we wrapped things up, taking each opportunity God set before us to love, serve and connect with the students. I was grateful for each morning’s devotion at 7:15am - taking time to recap, recharge, and pray over one another and the students was sweeter than the extra amount of sleep we could have gotten. 

During our evening sessions, Ben walked through the story and life of the apostle Paul, sharing where Paul had come from before meeting Christ and where he was going afterwards. On Wednesday night he related Paul’s condition to a “messy bedroom” - while trying to please God by cleaning up the mess on his own, he was merely moving his trash from one side of the room to the other. All of his passion and religious zeal was in vain, and he was left empty. The students were engaged and able to grasp and relate it to the sin and emptiness in their own lives, understanding that they are incapable of cleaning up this mess on their own. 

Ben continued through Paul’s journey the following evening as he shared the good news of the Gospel and how it changed Paul’s heart and transformed his life. One day he was persecuting the name of Christ and now he was preaching it. Many seeds were planted and hearts changed as students took that next step towards Jesus, and we were able to welcome new brothers and sisters into our family! They came to camp looking for a good time, for acceptance, and left with purpose and the fullness of life that only Jesus can offer.

As we boarded the bus full of exhausted, candy-filled Slovene students, so many thoughts and emotions were flooding my mind. To think back on the months of planning and preparation and then watch it unfold before us, to witness God’s hand at work through the unique gifts each member brought to the team as they loved and cared for one another, and to see students’ hearts softened and moved one step closer to Jesus as their eyes were opened to the Truth of the Gospel was such a humbling and fulfilling experience. What God did here over these last six days exceeded any expectation I had and prayer I prayed. We couldn’t have asked for a better group of kids or Slovene staff and I feel incredibly blessed to know and call them brother and sister.

the 401-year-old home that our team is staying in for the final leg of the trip.

the 401-year-old home that our team is staying in for the final leg of the trip.

So, camp is over, but there is still work to be done. We are now in Lesce catching up on some sleep, eager to spend these last couple of days with the kids and finish off strong. Please continue to pray for good health, as many of our team members are fighting off colds and sore throats. It’s been so neat to feel the love and support of those back home as we watch the Lord answer so many of our prayers. Hvala!

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

- Kelsey Ward (for the Slovenia team)