In more recent times Lithuania has been ruled by other kingdoms. From Czarist Russia to the Soviet empire to Nazi Germany and back to the Soviets. Lithuania knew little freedom in the twentieth century.
In our down-time before and after camp we toured some of the remnants of those kingdoms- all now a part of history.
Seeing these sights reminded me again of the everlasting nature of the kingdom of God. As awesome as some of these places were- I could not help but think of Hebrews 12:28:
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe…”
It is reassuring and faith-affirming to know that regardless of the attempts of man to rule God reigns and always will!
More pics below:
This is the 9th Fort in Kaunas. It was built during the Czarist Russian Empire and later used by the Soviets as a prison and as a killing ground by the Nazis. (60,000 Lithuanians and others were mass murdered outside of its walls during WWII)
This is the view from inside one of the lookout towers inside the 9th Fort. The elaborate sculpture in the distant background is a memorial to those 60,000 who were killed on that spot.
Another remnant of a fallen and bygone kingdom- the castle at Kaunas
The Gateway gang mugging it up in Vilnius
You can read more about Lithuania Christian Camp by clicking here and reading the online article by Erik Tryggestad of the Christian Chronicle. Be sure to listen to the audio attached to the article to hear sounds and songs of camp!