Sunday, June 26, 2011

Awana Camp Presentation Video

I had the opportunity again to share my story with the AWANA Kids at camp via video. I hope some of them contact me to tell me how camp went, and I kept them in my prayers from the other side of the world. Below I have included the video for your enjoyment. I dislike videos of myself as most people do, so feel free to laugh when you see me talking to a camera propped up on a table and ottoman combo.

Amazing Race Photos

Here are a few random phone pics from during the amazing race this year. Check out the full size on Facebook...



Saturday, June 25, 2011

Amazing Race Destinations

Our Amazing Race was from June 1-3, the first thing we did with the interns hours after they got off the plane. It was a great team-building exercise that brought our team together from total strangers to some sort of team. We went through Prague for 2 days and on the last day headed to the other side of the country. I'll put some pics up, but for now here's our route/destinations in Prague in Google map form (zoom out to see more of the country).


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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Trio of Visits

I want to get a quick update about what we've been doing. Over the last two weeks we've been visiting the three Czech churches we're doing camp with this summer. We just got back today from a double-header visit with Hradec Kralove and Havlickuv Brod, having spent the previous weekend with Trebic.

Trebic was a blessing. As a new group they are very excited about sharing their faith with others and expanding their group. They've also grown a lot this year apparently and have several young believers attending. It was great to spend the weekend with them out at a cottage in Brodek. I also had the opportunity to preach in church on Sunday, encouraging the church to pray some specific things for our team from Colossians 1:9-12 and 4:1-4. Czech churches are good about praying (and I really appreciate how they have 'popcorn style' prayer in their services), and I wanted to piggyback on that for their congregation to be involved going in to camp.

Hradec Kralove is a church with a long-standing tradition of camp, and I've been blessed to be involved for the last two years. Two people on our intern team have done camp with Hradec for 5-6 years, with deep relationships that they were able to dive back into. It's my second year with them. Their leadership is very solid on the logistics and organization of camp, with some of the younger guys needing to branch out more from their comfort zone. They've been under new leadership this school year, and Vitek's been doing a great job. I loved seeing him share 2 Cor 5 with the team (our ministry of reconciliation, etc) before launching into camp details, and it's obvious that this is the place God has for him to serve. It was also cool to see one of the guys specifically making a new Czech guy feel welcome to the group during our time together on Sunday.

Havlickuv Brod also has a tradition of camp, and three years ago started back up after several years without camps. I've been able to walk with them through the last three years. While we didn't get as much time with them as I would have liked (they had a really busy set of weeks during our visiting timeframe), it was still a great time getting our new interns connected with the team. They're a blast and a very interesting set of people. Our biggest purpose was to promote camp in schools to fill 15 more spots at camp, and school visits went well. I had some good conversations with the youth group members, and even on the train ride back we had a good discussion. I'm learning to ask simple questions to start spiritual discussions.

We're spending the next week preparing English Lessons (Evening message prep for me) after a day of rest. Training starts in a week~and I'm helping lead it. Camp starts the following Saturday, 7/2.

p.s. my co leader Sarah is blogging too http://sarahhalm.blogspot.com/