J-Camp


This is my third year in Slovakia, yet, I still feel like I am learning new things every minute! The town of Martin looks very much the same, the food still tastes as good and the schedule is very similar to the last few years…but something still feels as though this is the first time. God places us in situations where we may be either comfortable or uncomfortable, but in either, […]

Connections: New and Renewed


Greetings! We are now 1 day down on J-Camp (think Camp Surf/Camp Getaway, but with much fewer students…who don’t speak English). Our team has been meeting regularly with Lubka (one of our interns from a few summers back), in order to prepare for camp. As I wrote earlier, we are here in much of a support role for the camp…Lubka is the one who really put the effort into planning […]

J-Camp: Day 1


[L]ooking around the room, I see many familiar faces. I see the athlete all the girls will love in a few years, though now he’s a little shy and prefers to run with his hair flying in the wind. Next to him is his awkward, overweight, and rather nerdy friend, loyal to a fault and trying to keep up. Across the room are several other boys, the popular crowd: fun […]

Fumbling Toward Belonging: Are Middle Schoolers the Same Everywhere?



Hello, Hello, Hello! Camp has been fantastic! The students here have been very welcoming and I quite enjoy the small community feeling this camp has to offer. As Cameron mentioned earlier, the language-barrier is not a problem at all. The students’ interest in communicating with us, whether through words or actions, has proven to be just as prominent as yesterday. However, their energy levels somehow seem to get stronger and […]

J-Camp: Day 2


Can’t say much right now, as we’re at J-Camp eating dinner. We were fortunate enough to be able to visit this afternoon after classes. We’ve been playing with water balloons, launchers, singing songs, being silly, and just enjoying all of the great things happening here at J-Camp. More to come later, as this is currently being typed from my iPhone.

Dinner at J-Camp


My wife and I lived in Scotland for a couple of years. And, in many ways, making the transition to Scotland was much easier than moving to a place like Papua New Guinea. The language and culture of Scotland are similar enough to America that we could navigate through society fairly easily. One thing we noticed, though, is that when two cultures are rather similar, it really makes the differences […]

This Isn’t Kansas Anymore: Life at a Slovak Summer Camp



Summer camps exhaust me. I love teens, and I love spending quality time with them. But by the last day of a full week at summer camp I just want to take my sore muscles, raspy voice, and weary eyes home from some much needed rest. This last week has been different. By the end, I was still sore, raspy, and tired. But I could easily have stayed longer. And […]

5 Highlights from a Slovak Summer Camp