138 Dirksen Drive, DeBary, FL US 32713
Thursday kicked off with a special treat. Our team woke up extra early to enjoy a hike up one of the highest mountains near the camp. The gracious camp staff prepared sandwiches and drinks for us, and a few of them joined us and guided us up the mountain. This was a refreshing time for our team, and it was a great team bonding experience. We enjoyed getting to know each other on a deeper level. It is amazing to see the relationships that have formed and how well our team has bonded. We had a good time of fellowship, joking with each other. Not that anyone was counting, but I think the number of times Nathan fell during the hike was 14!
It has been a pleasure serving alongside this team. Each team member has his/her own unique personality and skill set. It has been neat to see how God has intertwined us together to accomplish all that He has set us out to do. Each team member has served in a unique capacity, meeting many different needs. I know that I have learned something from each member on the team during this trip.
Our daily devotions have been encouraging and challenging. Each day someone different has led the devotion time, and on Thursday the teenage boys, Nathan, Daniel, and Miguel, challenged us. They presented Scripture passages and then used analogies from the morning hike to explain them. I have been blown away by their maturity and the genuineness of their faith. Their actions back their faith, and it is a blessing to know them and serve with them.
The children enjoyed another fun day filled with worship, Bible lessons, sports, swimming, zip lining, and crafts. It is encouraging to see how often the Gospel message has been presented. Thursday evening concluded with a bonfire where Juanpi once again gave a phenomenal Gospel presentation. Afterwards, children who made a decision to give their lives to Christ were asked to step forward and throw a stick in the fire as a demonstration of their commitment. At this point, 105 first-time commitments have been made so far this week!!
The children left the campfire with their counselors and returned to their cabins to discuss again the commitments that were made and again share the meaning of the Gospel. Our team stayed at the bonfire with the teen helpers to pray for the children. It was also a time of testimony where a few shared how God was at work in their lives over the past week. We concluded by eating Panamanian style s'mores!
Please pray for the children as they go through the closing events and pray for our team, that we will fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith. Thank you for your prayers and support. We are looking forward to sharing more with you when we get home.
(Written by Brian Deiseroth)