Mission Trip to an unreached people group

Dear friends, thank you so much for your prayers over the past 2 weeks. I had the honor of traveling with a team from our church to do mission work among an unreached people group on the other side of the world. I had the privilege of working with underprivileged children at an orphanage. Along with a teen from our church, I was able to lead a day camp for 35 kids and teens. The youngest was 7 and the oldest was 15. We studied the inductive Bible study course, “God, what is Your Name”. At the camp we discovered the meaning and significance of 13 Biblical Names for God. Continue reading

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Two more summer camps down

I had the privilege of spending 20 amazing days at two different camps during July and August. It was a wild ride leading and the whole thing left me exhausted like no other time in my life. In fact, after the first camp, I almost ended up in the hospital because of extreme fatigue. I left church on a Sunday morning and headed to the hospital because I was experiencing dizzy spells. When I called my friend who is a cardiologist, she told me to go to the emergency room right away because I was demonstrating some early warning signs of a heart attack. I went and did all the tests and discovered that I was fine. My heart rate was slow and slowing down to let me know it was time to take a break. The doc suggested that I take a few days off. I took one day off and then I went to a week long festival for all of our leaders. I was refreshed physically and spiritually there and gained the needed strength the lead the next camps.

The English camp

This was my 13th summer to lead at our annual English summer camp. We had about 200 students attend the English camp, along with about 50 public school teachers. I met some awesome people from several different States in the USA who came to serve with us. Volunteers came from MS, MO, NC, TN, LA, and VA. There were 15 countries represented at the English camp. I had 4 of my English students attend camp. I was very excited because 3 of them had yet to accept Christ as Lord and Savior. The two main studies were “Someday, a marriage without regrets” written by Kay Arthur which was studied by the advanced students and the Gospel of John for the beginner and intermediate students. God worked in a mighty way and over 30 people accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. My two non born again students did not make a decision to follow Christ but they were very impressed by all the things that they learned from the Word of God. I was able to build some good relationships and all of my students want to continue studying in the Fall once school starts back. I am very excited about that and pray for new students as well.

The Youth camp

After the festival was over, I had one day to go home, see my family, and then prepare for the youth camp which started on the 5th of August. First we picked up the American team from GA who came to serve with us at the camp. We chose “Lord I want to know You” as the study for the youth camp. Upon arrival we were greeted with many trials and obstacles. We had 130 campers registered and to our surprise, 150 showed up. Together with the campers and leaders, there were 190 people at camp the first day. We only had portions for 150 🙂 . We managed and God blessed us with an amazing camp. More than half of the campers were non born again. After 5 days of intense study, we gave a call to repentance one night and 15 students came forward and accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. We let two days pass and on the final night of camp, around the campfire, we had another call to repentance and 20 more accepted the invitation. By the end, 35 new souls had their names written in the Book of Life. We were amazed at God’s goodness. The trials and obstacles actually worked toward the furtherance of the kingdom of God. One day we played a game with the entire camp and some of the conditions were to go into the near by village and share the Gospel with people as well as do random acts of kindness. It was great. Even the non born again students liked the game. The camp was also blessed to have the best live Christian band in Moldova as the praise band for the camp, Not an idol. On the final night of camp they held an awesome concert. One of the conditions for them to be at camp was that they do the Bible study with us. They had such a great time and we challenged them to write new songs based on what they were learning. One of the songs that they wrote will be a future hit once they record in professionally. They wrote it based on lesson one of the study. You can hear it here. Continue reading

Six day camps down, 3 more to go!!!

Thanks for all of your prayers and support over the past 3 weeks. We have been able to organize and put on 6 day camps in 5 different villages and one in the city. God has been very good to us. We have been able to share the Gospel as well as disciple over 350 children over the past 3 weeks. We have studied several different Bible studies from “God, what is Your name” to “Lord teach me to pray, for kids”, as well as “Wrong way Jonah”. The kids have really enjoyed all of the studies. Continue reading

What a great summer!

I love summer time. The weather is warm and people are out and about. My favorite sport is king for a while (baseball) and all is right with the world. Also, summer is a great time for the Gospel in Moldova. People (especially young ones) are looking for things to do so summer camps are a great opportunity for a lot of people to pass the time. I was able to participate in 8 summer camps this summer. Five of them were day camps for kids and 3 were 10 day camps for teens and young adults. It was amazing to see so many people study the Word of God on a daily basis for the entire summer. We studied Jonah at the day camps, Judges at the session, Ephesians at the English camp, and Abraham at the youth camp. It was so neat to see how the Word of God is so perfect and how every book completes other books, as well as how practical every book of the Bible is. Over 1,000 people were at the 8 different camps that I participated in. Now, my prayer is that each one will take the knowledge that he/she has attained and put it into practice. We saw a lot of lives transformed and a lot of doors opened up for future ministry both in Moldova and around the world. God was at work this summer (like all the summers before) and it was amazing to work with Him. I wish all people were open to experiencing God’s mighty hand at work. It is amazing to see that if you will make yourself available, God will work with you and through you to see amazing things happen. Do you long to be used by God? Would you like to have an impact in your community? These are things that God is ready to accomplish in you and through you if you will dedicate yourself to serving Him by serving the people around you. May God bless your righteous desires.

The 2011 EFNL summer camp was a huge success

efnl_camp_2011 Praise the Lord for the great work that was done over the past 10 days at the 10th annual English For a New Life summer camp. Thanks to Vasile Filat for organizing and coordinating such a camp. Thanks to all of the workers who put forth tremendous effort in order for everything to run smoothly.

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Day Camps in Moldova Summer ’11

I just wanted to drop a few lines about how the day camps are going this summer. Last summer we had a team of 5 Americans come and spend the summer with us, leading day camps together with our Moldovan leaders. We organized 4 day camps over a 4 week period. This summer, we planned to have 3 Americans come and spend the month of June with us, leading day camps in 3 villages and in the capital city, Chisinau. So far, we have completed 2 day camps in 2 villages and we are currently in the city (tomorrow is the last day). We have had an absolute blast. In all, there are about 12 to 15 of us who have been leading these day camps. The team stayed on site in the villages. The first week they slept in a gym and the second week in a school (in classrooms). For the 3 American guys, using the outhouse was a bit of a shock, as well as having to take a spit bath for a week. They survived and had a great time while doing it.

horesti The first camp was in the village of Horesti, where our church is trying to plant a church. We have a missionary who has been working in this village for almost 3 years, teaching weekly TKD/Bible study classes. The children were waiting on us upon arrival. They remembered us from last year. Continue reading

The First EFNL Camp is over

I was glad to be home after 10 straight days without my family but at the same time a little shocked to realize that 10 days had gone by so quickly at the same time. We studied Biblical Doctrines based on the Precept Upon Precept Bible study “Covenant”.

It was an amazing camp. There were 120 participants, from several different countries and 5 different languages, English, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, and Armenian.

We mostly studied the 3 major Biblical covenants, their similarities and differences as well as their implications today. The 3 major covenants are the Abrahamic, Mosaic, and the New Covenant.

I want to thank our camp director Vasile Filat for all of the effort and energy spent in preparing and leading the camp. Now we are getting ready for the second English camp where we will study the topical Bible study on marriage by Precept, “Marriage without Regrets”.

English Camps begin in 4 days

On Monday, July 5th, the English For a New Life camps will begin. There will be 20 straight days of nothing but the beautiful English language and the Word of God. The first camp will also be a session of the Inductive Bible study Institute. We will study the doctrine of covenant in the Bible. It will be a wonderful and intense time of Bible study and fellowship.  There will be Americans, Moldovans, young people, students, and adults. Everyone is so excited about the fun time that we will have playing, studying, and sharing this time together. We are praying for our American friends who are making the long journey to serve with us. God bless.