And God Showed Up

Earlier this afternoon, we wrapped up our youth retreat, packed into a few cars and headed out for our mountain hike. We walked up a gravel roadway, took a short cut up a ski slope and spent some time relaxing and taking pictures at the top. It was a great way to spend the afternoon. The trip down the mountain was a bit…wet. It started pouring on us as a Czech thunderstorm rolled into the area.

It definitely was the best way to end an amazing retreat.

I am still in awe of everything God did. I don’t have the time or the energy to write about every testimony and to lay out what happened each day. I could write a post about each testimony itself, that’s how much God did in and through us. But there are a few stories that really impacted me.

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Czech Mission Team Fully Funded

In a matter of 24 hours, the Czech Missions team went from needing $2,400 for trip expenses to being fully funded, with a little bit left over to help Czech youth attend the youth retreat we will host! The team couldn’t be more excited to be done fundraising and spend the last four weeks before the trip preparing messages, packing and praying for God to move.

Unfortunately, the news is bitter sweet. We are only fully funded because one of our team members had to step down for personal reasons – and not being able to take the time off work. We are sad to see this individual leave the team, and know that God will still use and bless this former team member over the summer.

This circumstance brings our team down to eight individuals – two Ignite staff members, one Ignite student leader, and five Ignite Monmouth members. We will spend our time in Czech reaching out to youth, young adults and university students in Cesky Tesin, in the North East area of Czech, and hosting a four day youth retreat.

Our outreaches will consist of a number of “courses” in the afternoons, including: Photography, Art, Sports and Slam Poetry, along with larger, team oriented outreaches in the evenings. We will be sharing our stories of how God impacted us, building relationships with these youth and, hopefully, leading them into a deeper knowledge of Christ.

Immediately following the three and a half days of outreaches, we will host a four day youth retreat, providing sessions to help draw youth from our outreaches closer to God and helping the already-Christian youth grow in their faith. Sessions will include topics on how God sees us, how to study the bible and pray, how to know yourself and overcome temptations, rising up and reaching out to others, withstanding persecution, encouragement to impact their culture for Christ and, of course, a lot of fun!

A big THANK YOU goes out to everyone who had prayed and/or donated to our trip. We could not impact the youth, young adults and university students in Czech without you!