Warning: I am writing this on very little sleep. Please excuse any and all errors!
Our plane arrived in Düsseldorf around 6:00am this morning, which of course, was midnight to us! We had tried to sleep as much as we could during the eight hour plane ride, but if you have ever tried really sleeping on a plane-you know how that goes! We hit the group running once we arrived at the camp. Unpacking, meeting other staff, and learning guidelines about teaching the English classes were among some of the things we did today. We were all very tired and took many opportunities to pray against jetlag and to pray for the camp staff and teenage campers.
I have to admit…though I did this ministry last year, I still have questioned what I was doing crossing the Atlantic Ocean to do camp ministry? Was it for the thrill of travel? Why not save thousands of dollars and volunteer at a camp in the states? Is this the best venue for me to honor God in?
God reminded me of the answer to this question wonderfully today when we were spoke to by some leaders of the Bible College & Seminary here on why they run this camp and why they are so thankful that we English speakers have come. They explained some history of Germany and Neues Leben. When first established, Germans were much more willing to freely talk about faith and God and truth, whereas now, decades later, they as a whole are cold and hardened to such conversations. So what is an evangelistically passionate Bible College & Seminary in Germany to do when less and less people are willing to hear the gospel from the lips of their Christian brothers and sisters? Ten years ago after asking that very question, the English Camp idea was birthed and launched. They see how eager Germans are to learn English and how much more willing they are to hear the gospel when presented by foreigners. Bringing in native English speakers and hosting the English Camps at the Bible College & Seminary created an ideal platform for the gospel.
Unlike many other English teaching opportunities, we as teachers do not have to be careful what we say about the gospel, or skirt around the topic-we are free and encouraged to say absolutely everything we can say to the campers concerning the good news of Jesus Christ! What a unique privilege and opportunity! This meeting was such an exciting reminder to our tired team of the exciting purpose behind our travels. We are honoured to be able to help carry the burden of lost German souls to the foot of the cross to find grace, peace, and satisfaction in our Lord Jesus Christ.
As believers, we ALL need to be sharing the gospel and making discples. What a neat thing that in God’s perfect foreknown plan, He creatively is using English speakers to reach his children all over the world with his glorious good news.
Until All Have Heard,