Romania Youth Camp Update
Elena climbing the wobbly ladder - don't worry Gramma, she's attached with a harness!
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Greetings from a much cooler Bucharest! The temperatures which hovered in the high 30s and low 40s for several weeks have dropped and we are very grateful! We even got a good downpour of rain on the weekend-the day after our new roof was finished. We are very thankful for a roof that doesn't leak-the first time in 7 years!
Last week we coordinated Romania District Youth Camp. 31 young people from 3 churches attended. The theme of the week was "With God all things are possible." The week was filled with lots of fun, fellowship and great spiritual times together. In a special way we want to thank the Church of the Nazarene in Carthage, NY for the funds to buy a meeting tent and also the the German District NMI for the generous offering we received which helped finance this amazing week. We were also excited to hold youth camp on the land owned by the Church of the Nazarene. We are hoping to continue to develop this property located in the foothills of the mountains about 2 hours outside of Bucharest.
One day we travelled to the city of Brasov at the base of the Carpathian Mountains. We visited a park that included a tree-top obstacle course complete with zip lines and exhilarating climbing challenges. As I was sitting on a platform in a tree about 10 metres off the ground with students from various areas of the country I was struck with a realisation. Although the students come from a variety of locations-big city, small town and rural village and also from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds-Romanian, Rroma, Hungarian and yes, even Canadian, we are all bound together in this wonderful fellowship we find only in Christ. As we made our way precariously through the trees on small cables and swinging bridges we found ourselves encouraging each other-"Come on, you can do it! With God all things are possible!"
On the last night of camp 12 young people came forward to give their hearts and lives to the Lord for the first time. 18 others came forward and prayed to recommit their lives to God. The week was exhausting, but we loved every minute of it! One of the young adult leaders said this was "the best camp ever!" The simple moments of hanging out with teenagers can be so rewarding and we had some great times of sharing together! One of the pastors called me after the teens returned home from camp. She said that many of her young people had stood up in church on Sunday to tell about what God had done in that week. One girl who had been struggling after learning that she was adopted stood and told her family that she loved them and asked their forgiveness if she had hurt them. Her Dad was especially moved and the whole church rejoiced with this breakthrough. One of the themes of the week had been "love" and the ability to say "I'm sorry" and "I forgive you." We know the Lord did something really special in our young people and we continue to pray that He will help them to grow in Him. We asked the students to write down prayer requests on slips of paper before we left for home. The youth leaders and pastors have a copy of that list of requests so that we can continue to pray for these young lives. As I read the list over my eyes filled with tears. Even with great spiritual breakthroughs it is evident that many young people live in difficult circumstances and experience much emotional pain. Family struggles, parents who are not believers, alcoholism, abuse, suicide, and loneliness are issues which affect students of every culture. Will you join us in calling out to God on behalf of these young people who desire to walk with the Lord?
Thank you for your prayers for the ministry here in Romania. We are looking forward to the autumn when we are planning the first ever "Romania Holiness Conference." It will be based on the Power of One theme we have been following the last two years on the Eurasia Region. Please pray for God's annointing and refreshing among us. We also ask you to continue to pray for the political situation in Romania. We are praying for wisdom and peace in the government in these days.
With our love and prayers,
Terry Michael, Tamara, Julia, Emily and Elena
Intr. Viilor, Nr. 4 Sector 5
Bucuresti, Romania 050162