I was first introduced to this marvelous country in 1996. It was April and it was still very much cold and snowy, but that did not prevent the people from melting my heart. Ten years and many trips over including two years as resident missionaries have passed, but we remain connected and dedicated to seeing the church flourish there.
Thirteen of us from Gateway are gearing up to head over this Wednesday to help staff and direct the “little kids” session of Lithuanian Christian Camp. This camp began in 1998 and quickly grew to be one of the most popular and effective ministries in the country. God has allowed me the opportunity to be a part of it every year. It not only ministers to the youth of Lithuania but also Belarus. A large group from Minsk comes over every summer.
This year we are back to two sessions. We started with one and have had as many as three. The need and interest is there for numerous sessions but our resources in money and manpower is more limited.
I am excited that my wife, Terri, is going back for the first time since our move back to the states in 2003.
So, I will not be blogging for a couple of weeks. We do solict your prayers for our travel and for the camp ministry. If you are interested in knowing more about the history of the church and camp you can check out websites here and here.
I will report in upon our return.