Praise God for a great second day of camp! Through games, crafts, worship, and teaching we laughed, built relationships, and were able to continue in our partnership with Harvest Metanoia. Being here is truly a gift. We are blessed and inspired to see the church leading and serving with deep passion, conviction, and joy.
The lesson taught today was that we are all sinners and have fallen short of the glory of God. We know this is a foundational truth in order for kids to see the grace and forgiveness offered through Christ. Campers were receptive to the teaching and are beginning to understand God’s love for them.
Tonight we had the first night of Youth Discipleship. The leadership of Harvest Metanoia believes there is a big need for discipleship in the church, and has asked we do some intentional teaching with the hope that a culture of discipleship will begin to take root. Discipleship is not commonly found in the Romanian church, and it is Pastor Marius’ heart to see a church of people that are passionate about being and making disciples for the glory of God.
During the time we had tonight, Kyle shared with the group about how to study the Bible by walking them through a series of questions pointing to understand the context, meaning, and application of the Word of God. After the teaching time, we broke off into small groups and were able to apply the teaching as we dove into Matthew 28:17-20. As we sat and engaged in small group discussion, we saw some youth underline the text with excitement, as they understood how the passage applied to their lives. We’re reminded of the gift that scripture is to us, and that the Word of God is living—what a joy to share these truths with our brothers and sisters in Romania.
During the informal moments of our days we are beginning to learn the stories of the people of Harvest Metanoia. We are ever so slightly grasping the complexities of this country and seeing beauty and brokenness intersecting at the cross. We are hearing of how God has redeemed, reconciled, and restored relationships. We hold these stories and people before an all powerful, perfectly loving God and trust that He is at work and will continue to work in Braila for His glory and their good.
As a team, we are encouraged by and amazed at the work God is doing. Thank you for praying with and for us. Please continue to pray for boldness as we proclaim the gospel and that God would open the eyes and hearts of the people in Braila. We are well and expectant for how God will work in the remaining time.