Saturday, March 3, 2012

Black Sea camp theme

Raya (right) translates while Mayla teaches the young children.
I got a message from Raya Yatanska in Sofia this week with the basic theme for the youth camp we'll be taking part in at the Black Sea this year. Every summer, the Blaga Vest church in Sofia holds the camp for 50-60 kids of all ages from across Bulgaria and Macedonia. Raya's father, Lyudmil, is the pastor of the church and she serves with the team, led by her mother Tsvetanka, that organizes the camp each year. We have been honored to serve with her and the rest of the Bulgarian leaders in ministry to these awesome kids and Raya has done a great job the past few years of coordinating with us ahead of time to help our team prepare for the work.

The Adventure of a Christian...
This years theme will focus on the adventures of the Christian life. Each day, the lessons and activities will teach the kids about another aspect of the walk with the Lord.
  • Day One: Acceptance of Faith / Meeting God
  • Day Two: Equipping (Preparing) / Building habits / God's Armor
  • Day Three: Sharing the Gospel
  • Day Four: Ministering to God
  • Day Five: The Battle
  • Day Six: Meeting With the King
Kids work together in team building exercise.
In addition to sharing the teaching of daily lessons, we will be responsible for coming up with team-building activities and arts/crafts that reinforce the daily lessons. The Bulgarian leaders will be using drama and dance, with an emphasis on Bulgarian history to tie in with the theme. Also, the entire group will head down to the sea every day for some beach time, and we will gather nightly for our evening church service with worship and teaching from the Word. 

The camp will run from Monday, July 2 to Sunday, July 8. Please be praying for all of the leaders in Bulgaria who are working hard to plan and organize everything. Pray for our team as we prepare the lessons and activities we will be responsible for, and that God will bless our time with the kids in ministry. Above all, pray for the kids themselves... that God would open doors for them to be able to come and that He would prepare their hearts for the work He desires to do in them.

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