And so the planning continues… 1

Hello from Martin, Slovakia.  I arrived here on Monday evening, which was a couple of days later than the rest of the team.  Upon arrival, I immediately joined right in with the rest of the group.  Some of my team members would tell you that I was a little bit loopy that evening, but that’s what 24 hours of travel and a nine-hour time difference will do to you.  The past few days have been a complete whirlwind, as we’ve all been busy in our classrooms until 2 or 3, afternoon and evening plans each day, as well as preparing for the next day (oh, and sleeping too.)

For us six college-age students, our days have been very busy in other ways.  We’ve also been assisting in planning the youth camp that will be taking place next week.  We’ve known all along that this week was going to be crazy.  Ever since we agreed to come on this trip, it’s been made clear to us that there isn’t much planning that we could do before we got here, since there are also Slovak leaders that are, really, putting this trip together.  So as you may have imagined, we’ve got a lot on our plates this week.  As I write this, I’m fresh out of a two hour meeting with the Slovak leaders, with another one on deck for tomorrow morning.  It feels like an impossible amount of work at times, particularly due to the small amount of time we have, and it can definitely be stressful and create tension between all of us.

It’s been my own prayer since the beginning of all of this, that we would all be able to see beyond the stress and keep Christ at the center of this.  There are such a huge number of things that any of us can easily get hung up on that make it so easy for us to lose our focus.  This is the first time that this camp is happening, so there are going to be a lot of trial and error situations, I’m sure.

We have a such a great opportunity to interact with, and impact, this group of high school students that we’ll be with for the next week.  Keep us in your prayers as we go about this new experience.  Please pray for focus, wisdom, patience, energy, and most of all, that we would positively impact these students and that our actions, attitudes, and words would point toward Christ.

Thanks for all your prayers so far, and thanks in advance for prayers to come.

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