Precious in God’s Eyes

Christian camps organized across Eastern Europe are often the highlight of a young person’s summer or their whole year. It is a special time for them, away from the routine, a time to learn about God and discover how He sees them. One young person said, “I’ve never looked at myself from God’s perspective before. The fact that I am precious in God’s eyes turns everything upside down in my relationships.”

Here we focus on two countries and their Christian camps, supported by SGA[UK].

Poland - ‘Voice of the Gospel’ Camp

For just over a week, one hundred and twenty young people attend and enjoy this camp. Around thirty to forty of these come from poor or difficult backgrounds (i.e. orphans). SGA [UK] covers all the camp costs for these young people.

Through good biblical teaching and the support of gifted youth leaders the young people are challenged, helped and inspired.

One teenage girl camper asked these questions:

“How can I change? How can I have joy and happiness, and be more open?”

Wonderfully, she came to faith in Jesus and an amazing transformation took place. When she arrived home from camp her parents were surprised by the difference in their daughter, acknowledging something very real had taken place.

Slovakia - ‘Opal’ Camps

In Slovakia, six Opal camps are organized over the summer period. One is for young families, another for Roma youth, and another is an adult’s retreat.

The remainder are for different age groups of teenagers. In 2019 a total of two hundred and thirty-six people were involved.

The leaders keep in contact with parents before, during, and after the camp. Parents know upfront that it is a Christian run camp and that the Bible will be taught to their children.

The opportunity for follow-up is always taken and each young person is invited to his or her nearest evangelical church.

Opal camps always need new camp leaders, so recruiting is vital. Potential leaders are given appropriate training and those who show spiritual maturity and are willing to learn will join this year’s team.

Summer 2020

Prayerful planning and preparation are well underway for this summer’s camps in many of the countries in which SGA serves. Young people are eagerly booking their places.
Pray for these camps, for those leading, for the young people who will attend, and especially for the Bible teaching ministry. Pray that young lives will be mightily touched and transformed by the Gospel.