Click the video above to watch all that happened at Camp Falcon Rock this summer!
And just like that summer is over and school is on its way! Is anybody else asking ‘what just happened’?! We can’t believe all that took place over the past 2 months. Thank you so much to all of you who have partnered with us this summer through prayer and support. Check out the video above to see what all happened at Camp Falcon Rock during camps!
As we shared in our last update, the first 3 weeks of July were rich. We couldn’t help but stop and look at all that God was doing in our midst. Seeing the camp facility full of young people running around again, seeing our youth take over leading the program and discipling the campers, seeing young people respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ — it was all so overwhelming! God is good, faithful, and moving. For the final week of July we ran a youth/young adult camp and had 50 people attend. There were many ways God was moving during this week. One highlight that started out as a low light was when a camper broke his ankle during a soccer match. Obviously this was not an exciting thing to see. We had to take him to the hospital and his leg was set in a cast. The highlight though, was seeing this young man race back to camp once his leg was cast because he didn’t want to miss out on the week. We were shocked to see him back but were quick to get him involved again! Luckily, we had recently received a gator as a donation to the camp so we were able to transport him around the camp. Him and I (Tanya) became good buds as we navigated the bumpy terrain of Camp Falcon Rock together in the gator while keeping his ankle steady! Another highlight was spending time with one of the young adults we’ve been connected with over the past number of years and helping him discern a calling to bible school. He’s been working in Western Europe for years but recently has been sensing God calling him in another direction. Paul was able to have a number of fruitful conversations with him about how to discern God’s direction in his life. On top of all of this we had the privilege of praying with a number of young adults who wanted to respond to the gospel as they heard the message of Heb. 6:19-20 throughout the week and what it means to anchor our lives in the hope of Christ!
After our Camp Falcon Rock run camps, the camp continued to operate with Hungarian Baptist Church groups coming in. We were encouraged to see the camp full for the month of August with more camp ministry. We were expecting things to slow down for Paul and I personally in August, but our calendar ended up filling up pretty quick. This year the Hungarian Baptist youth leadership team (EMABIZ) invited Paul and I to be the speakers at their annual youth/young adult camp at the end of August. We were honoured by the invitation and the trust they had for us to teach on some very difficult topics. We continued to share about the theme of being “Anchored” (Heb. 6:19-20), but they requested we speak to some big topics like human rights, gender identity, suffering, and idolatry. It was a HUGE task but one that led to many fruitful follow up conversations with the young people attending the camp. Paul and I were encouraged to see the depth of processing and discernment these young people were engaging in as they were trying navigate their faith and these important topics. We were also encouraged to see the way the EMABIZ leadership team is running their ministry and connecting with young people in the Hungarian Baptist Convention. We are looking forward to partnering with them more and more!
The morning we finished at this youth camp, we drove into the Romanian Mountains to take our youth from Szentkiraly on a week-long hike. Last year, due to covid-19 and camps being cancelled, we took the youth on a hike into the Fagaras Mountains. It was a nerve-racking 5km as we watched them take on their first hike. But because they did so well last year and enjoyed it so much, we decided to take them on another hike — this time into the Bucegi Mountains for a 32km, technical hike. It was a bit of a drastic change from doing 5km in Fagaras to 32km in Bucegi but we had a blast pushing through it together! Thank you to all of you who sent over hiking gear in the shipping container! As we were hiking I was reminded of the Israelites trekking through the wilderness porting around the magnificent tabernacle in order to have a worthy place for the presence of God to dwell. I shared a little devo on this with the teens and challenged all of us to think about our daily desire and commitment to experience the presence of God with us. Some great conversation followed as we shared testimonies of God’s presence in our lives and our faith pilgrimage.
Throughout the summer, construction continued at the camp. Our construction crew grew adding a few more young guys who are off school for the summer. It is so great to see the camp become an option for your people to work rather than them having to go to Western Europe to find jobs (which is the common story for many). The main lodge was the major project on the go and a lot was accomplished over July and August. The walls of the second level are complete and the team laid the kitchen foundation and built its walls. Next up is the roof which should be done within this next month! This building is looking beautiful and is already getting set up to be used this coming weekend for our annual thanksgiving day service. On top of this project, the soccer field development is coming along. The ground is looking level and the grass is looking lush! We can hardly wait to use it — seriously, we’ve needed to rope it off because everyone wants to go play on it, but it’s not quite ready yet! Over the summer Tamas has also been working on finalizing the last paperwork to get us ready for the 3-phase electrical upgrade project. We’ve got a lot of work set for the Fall!
We are so grateful for each of you and for you continued partnership with us and the ministry here in Romania. Would you continue to pray for us:
Praise for all the young people who heard the good news this summer and for those who responded to Christ for the first time.
Praise for our summer volunteers who pushed through long hours and did an incredible job discipling campers in their faith journeys.
Pray for energy for Paul and I as we push through another busy month in September (we’re hoping to take some time off in October).
Pray for safety on the job site as the crew installs the main lodge roof this next month.
We love you all!
Tanya & Paul