Opal camp - a place of blessing bought for 20p
The Church in Hermanovce (northeast Slovakia) experienced an incredible answer to prayer as they developed their vision for a Christian campsite. Encouraged by visiting preachers, and after much prayer, the leaders of the church believed God had given them a vision to establish a site which could be used for the work of the Gospel in Slovakia. In 2004 they approached the village authorities to buy the public land needed for the campsite and were amazed to find they agreed to sell it to the church for one Slovak crown which is worth approximately 20 pence.
Work began to develop the site and a young man named Slavo Krupa, currently supported by SGA, was chosen to oversee the project and become camp director. Soon the time came for the site to open and a name was chosen which pointed to the original vision behind the whole project. Pastor Peter Pristiak explains their thinking by saying “The campsite name ‘Opal’ takes its name from a local gem that was mined near Hermanovce. The church believes that the name ‘Campsite OPAL’ will become for a lot of people something of real worth and wealth.”
We thank God that today this vision is being realized. The OPAL camp is being used by many churches from across Slovakia for their evangelistic outreach camps. In these camps, children and teenagers from non-Christian homes are taught the truths of the Gospel in the Bible studies which are an important part of the ministry. In addition the facility is also used as a place of fellowship for many believers. Please pray that this work, and the ministry of Slavo Krupa, will continue to grow and flourish in the future as they seek to serve God and His people.