What comes to mind when you think of Europe? Economic and political tensions? Global immigration? What about explosive Gospel growth? That’s exactly what we learned about this past fall when we heard from two missionary couples with Word of Life (WOL) Hungary. Our Church has partnered with Alex & Pam Konya during their 25+ years of ministry in Europe. They gave us first-hand account of how the Gospel is sweeping through the younger generation in Hungary – especially through the WOL camp ministry. We also heard from pre-field missionaries Adam and Annie Jakob, about how God is raising up the next generation of laborers. Adam, who is Hungarian, came to Christ as a child at one of the WOL summer camps in Hungary. And now, years later, God has led Adam to become the director for the WOL camps in Hungary – carrying on the ministry started by the Konyas.
Last Summer, fourteen of our teens jumped into running a week-long soccer camp for our local mission trip. The week was a memorable time where God worked in some incredible ways. Two weeks before the camp, we had only 25 children registered, and the day of camp over 120 kids showed up. Not only did we make some great connections in our neighborhood, but this experience gave our students a taste of a life committed to ministry.
This Summer, God has given us an opportunity to take a group of high school students to serve at the WOL camp in Hungary. Our prayer is that this mission trip will give our young people exposure to cross cultural ministry – and that through it God may call some of them to serve Him around the globe. The team will be teaching English, leading sports, and building relationships with Hungarian children – many of who have never met an American, let alone heard about Jesus. Our prayer is that God will use this trip to bring many families in Hungary to Christ and raise up more national workers like Adam.
This trip will be a big step of faith, not only for the students who are going, but also for us as a sending church. The team will be gone from July 4-12, 2020. We are estimating that the cost for the trip will be approx. $2,800 a student, with a total cost of $35,000. We know that God will provide for this trip – and we’d invite you to join with us in praying and giving. Please pray that God would direct the right students to be a part of this team. Applications were made available in January, and student will have until 1/29/20 submit them, with interviews to follow. Our prayer is that God will use this trip to give our students a passion for the lost, and that lost people will come to know Jesus through this camp.