Our team of high school students have been making an impact here in Slovakia. As the camp comes to a close today, I think back to all that they have done and seen here in this beautiful country. They have been a part of leading 60 youth in a day camp all week by leading songs, helping with bible studies, and teaching American sports. During this time of being able to make an impact for Christ, they have also had amazing opportunities to witness the beauty of God’s creation. There are so many new places to explore and enjoy fellowship with one another in those experiences. Along the way, they have made some great friends with the local counselors. It is a wonderful thing to see these students interacting and learning from other students their own age as they learn together how to lead those looking up to them. God has brought together a very diverse group but it has made for a team that builds together the Body of Christ; each has been using their different God given talents to be a light for Jesus to the little children here. Many children have connected with our team to be comfortable asking questions. Our students have been able to step out of their comfort zones to assist in sharing the Gospel in many ways. While we must say goodbye to our new friends today, I know that God has used this experience to change the lives of children not just in the camp but also in the lives of our students. I look forward to the teams that will come in the future.
“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.” Titus 3:4-6
From the moment we arrived in Honduras, our mission team was flooded with countless opportunities to share God's light with others. The first two days of our mission work were incomprehensible in so many ways. One thing that completely stuck out to me was the exuberant joy expressed by all the patients (regardless of how long they'd been waiting to be seen). It seemed all the patients were not only excited about getting new glasses, but also about getting the chance to meet us. At first, all of us were assigned a station to operate, but people gradually rotated stations throughout the day. Monday was our first day at the clinic and it was a little overwhelming, but the smiles exchanged and the relationships made kept us going.
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