Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A lesson in grace

Pray for 14-year-old "K," who recently took part in an English camp.  Good-hearted, with boundless energy and potential leadership qualities, K has unfortunately never learned impulse control.  She was constantly in trouble, interacting with too much enthusiasm.  Once a playful kick resulted in a shattered touch screen on another camper's precious tablet, and later an attempted prank led to a child falling painfully on her back.

After multiple reprimands, K sat alone on the steps trying to hide her face.  Gary went to sit with her, and they talked about life at home and at school.  She said she got good grades but was in trouble because of her behavior.

"I am bad.  I am always so bad..." she said through her tears. 

"Do you know what grace is?"  asked Gary.  He gently explained that we all do bad things, but grace is when someone else pays the price for it so that we don't have to.  She had broken the tablet, but the church said that they would pay to have it repaired.  He went on to say that we have all sinned, but Jesus paid the price for us.

Pray that "K" will soon come to understand and accept this grace that Christ so freely offers, and that in Him she will find the love and acceptance that she is looking for.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tiszafüred camp update

Thank you for praying for the kids' Bible camp in Tiszafüred last week.  Fewer came than we had hoped (we are discussing how to reach more next year) but nevertheless a great time was had by all; PTL, gospel seeds were sown in the hearts of children and even a few adults, too!  Grain Game worker Luke Higdon did a wonderful job of teaching bite-sized biblical truths, illustrated by hilariously memorable games and activities...lots of shaving cream, water (which was very welcome in the blazing July heat), bubbles, beach balls, etc, etc.

Here are some photos from the week.  As you share in these fun memories with us, pray for each child and the families they represent, asking the Lord to use the truths taught to transform lives and to impact families and the community for Christ.  Pray that the little church plant will be encouraged and continue to grow, glorifying God and spreading the Good News all across the area.

Table football
Table "football" (soccer) was a favorite games, generating a lot of competition.

The gate game
The "one gate" game involved dousing each other with water -- aaah!

Our very helpful translator, Dodi, bonding with a precious new friend

Fun in the sun
Fun in the sun

Beach balls photo
Beach balls - you've gotta be filled to be what you were created to be!

Luke and friends
Luke and young friends

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Grain Game camp coming soon to Tiszafüred

This little park in Tiszafüred is empty and quiet now, but next week there will be shouts of hilarity and bodies in motion as kids aged 10-15 take part in a Grain Game Bible camp!

Please start praying now, while camp invitations are being circulated, that young people will come whose hearts are already being prepared for the gospel message.  Pray that camp workers will have the energy--in spite of exhaustion and July heat--to creatively teach and lovingly share their lives with the kids who come.

Thank you for interceding for us and with us...to God be the glory!