Entries by Jason Vana

Sow & Water

This trip had not been a waste, it had simply been different. I had spent the entire two weeks trying to plant new seeds and bring new people to Christ, and in doing so I had almost missed all of the watering and growing of experienced Christians that God had been doing. Last year we had planted. This year we watered.

Unexpected Father

“As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations.” Genesis 17:4 This past Thursday, I had the privilege of leading a session at Kristfest helping young men navigate from boyhood to manhood. I’ve been excited about the session ever since I was asked to lead it back […]

In It All

This year, I experienced a new Czech first while at Kristfest. I got sick. Like, really, really sick. We still don’t know what disease swept through the camp, but early Tuesday morning, over 30 people found themselves incredibly sick. Diarrhea. Vomitting. Whole body aches. Four people even went to the hospital.

Known By Name

This year during our week of outreaches in Cesky Tesin, I was struck by the number of kids from the community who knew my name. We would walk into an event, and all I would hear was a resounding Jason from the younger kids. I didn’t know many of them – probably only talked to them […]

Blessing Behind the Fear

Fear. It’s been an attractive factor of our trip this year. Every night during our time of outreaches, we’ve put various young people through a number of competitions in fear factor-ish style. And it’s been great. Of all the events we’ve done – be it workshops, community dinners, speed dating, and even our showcase – […]

Wake Within Me

Every year as we get ready to head to Czech, I tend to get a single song stuck in my head. It’s a song I end up playing over and over again. A song I whistle and hum to myself. A song that makes me pray harder – and begin to cry – about what God […]

Praying for the Czech Trip

In a few short days, the Czech mission team will board a plane and begin our journey to what will become a very life-changing trip. God is going to do something BIG. Now more than ever, we need your help! We know God is going to show up and change lives on this trip, which […]

Making Disciples

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…”  Matthew 28:19 A few weeks ago, I received one of the greatest compliments about Ignite. I was chatting with one of the leaders of Kristfest – the national youth camp we will help with during our trip to Czech – and he was explaining why my team […]

Starting New Chapters

This past weekend, a number of Ignite Monmouth members walked across the front lawn of Monmouth College for the last time. Amid the clapping and picture taking, tears and goodbyes, these former students are now college graduates. They started a whole new chapter in their lives. They said goodbye to the place they called home for four […]