I read Acts 1-5 on the plane. Tyler, who has generously offered to lead be the teams spiritual leader, recommended that we read those chapters before stepping out onto the missions field. I am really excited to serve beside Tyler. We read in Acts how the early church was keenly marked by the power that comes from absolute surrender to the Spirit. I pray, as we fly nearer and nearer Europe, that this same characteristic would also mark us as a team.
We have successfully arrived to Nuremberg! It is raining here! My host family (as well as Andy’s) are the Koch’s. They are wonderfully hospitable people. I look forward to getting to know their two sons during this next week. Please pray that we would be bold in sharing our Lord Jesus to everyone around us. We have a free rest day tomorrow (Tuesday) before the camp madness gets underway! Truly excited to meet our kids. We are expecting around 60 to 70 campers this week.
We all arrived safely and split into pairs to stay with our first host families. The next morning we had an unexpected game. The Lauf team found out we were in town and wanted to play a friendly match. We had a fun game and meet and shared with their team. They had a variety of young and older players.
Our hosts families are the best–just helping us getting to and from the gym is one way to show that. Today was the first day of Lauf camp. There were around 60 kids in the morning for worship and basketball. The singing is very upbeat, filled with dancing and hand motions to get the kids involved. Our power hour (bible study) topic was the importance of every person because we are all created in God’s image.
The basketball portion of the day was focused fundamentals, while playing a lot of fun games. I spoke after lunch to all the campers. I talked about why our team has come, being that we love Jesus and we want to share our joy with them. I told them we care about each and every one of them and God cares greatly for them. We played games in the evening to get to know everyone better and the day ended by talking with German camp leaders about the way the youth in their country view the church. Very fun first two days. God is at work in the heart of German campers, leaders, host families and amongst our team.