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📖 Youth Camp 2018 summary🌿🏞

We had an amazing week together with our church Biserica Crestina Baptista Piatra Neamt, and with 65 young people learning about “Which Way? Discovering God’s Will” for your life, using the scripture Psalm 119: 105 “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path” and other scriptures in the beautiful mountains of Voronet, in Suceava County, Romania, August 27- Sept. 1, 2018!  ☀️🏞🌲🤸🏻‍♀️

The young people were from our city, Piatra Neamt and villages in the county.  The villages/ towns represented were Bodesti, Negresti, Dobreni, Bicaz, Damuc, Racoasa, Suceava, Vaslui, Iasi, and Roman. In all of these areas there is evangelism work being done by members of our church, or they have heard of our camp through the churches.  Orphanages represented were Casa Ray Orphanage in Dobreni with 6 teens, and Sancta Maria Orphanage in Piatra Neamt with 6 teens.  We have had interactions with both orphanages before.

Each teen received a workbook and throughout the week meditated on topics of : the importance of the Bible’s presence in our lives (2 Tim. 3: 15-17), salvation as God’s will for everyone (Eph. 2: 1-5), using Christ as our role model to maturity (RO 8:29 & 1 John 2:6), and finally inspiration that comes from God for taking decisions for your life (Philipians 4:6 prayer, Hebrews 2:4 spiritual gifts).

Some highlights of the week are: the skit illustrations that leaders put on, in one evening the first night, the 6 days of Creation were presented as an introduction to the week, and then pictures were hung on a rope.  Satan came and knocked them all down violently and then a boy representing Christ came and put the pictures on the wall (with sticky backing) in the form of the cross.  It was a powerful image and good way to get the teens  thinking about God’s will for all lives.

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Another highlight was the Treasure Hunt organized by one of our leaders Gary Stoll.  He went around the whole campground and the surrounding forest, putting up clues for teens to find.  Working in their family groups, they visited every one of the stations of the books of the Bible and had various tasks to complete, also finding “Luci money” along the way. 🙂  It incorporated a great amount of team work, strategy, physical effort, and was a good old fashioned challenge for everybody! It was planned for one day, was rained out, but glad we were able to play it on Thursday. 🙂

Another highlight was the two teens from Suceava who came for first time with us, are not from a church going family but genuinely liked the way the gospel was presented.  We hope to have more interaction with them in future, Irina & Mihai. One of our brothers from church has family in that area and that is how these two heard of it.

Thank you for donating to My Brother’s Keeper Ministries for our camp!! 🙂 As always you will be getting a thank-you card from one of the campers in the mail, translated of course. 🙂 Blessings to you and yours, as you work out your salvation in the Lord! –I-

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Youth Camp 2018 Pictures

A summary in pictures  ☀️🏞🌲🤸🏻‍♀️


Youth Camp 2018 video (long version) : Youth Camp Voronet 2018

Posted in Just Us, Prayer letters, Summer camp, Youth outreach

MBK site under construction

Hello!  Some of you may have noticed the http://www.mbk.ro site is currently down, it is under construction.  If you still want to donate for our camp this summer, you can use this link:

Donate

which will take you to a MBK Paypal donation page for the Avadanei family. This is how they’re handling online donations until the website is up and running. You can then specify exactly what its for ie: camp or project, in the text box.  Thank you and have a wonderful summer!

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Preparations for Youth Camp 2018!!

Our theme has been decided, our speaker has been chosen, and 12 of the 20 leaders met recently for a Leaders Retreat to discuss sub-themes for what we’re going to talk about at camp this summer August 27- September 1, 2018 (School always starts mid-September here) ! ⛺️☀️🌾 🎾

The theme will be “Discovering God’s Will” using verse Psalm 119: 105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” and our speaker is Paul Baxendale, a pastor from England who has had connections in Romania and with our church in Piatra Neamt for the past five years. Paul will lead the messages in the evenings, and with the help of a translator be around to answer questions the youth have.

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Leaders for this year’s youth camp at a retreat in Voronet, Romania. L-R: Dorina Țăranu, Monica Tifrea, Sara, Stefan, Evelyne, Emily, Rebecca, Cristian Handaric, Lucian, Ioana Stoll, Gabriel Iancu, Gary Stoll, Mircea Țăranu Jr. Top: Mircea Țăranu, Teo Tifrea. Not pictured Liviu Buculei.

We are still looking for 51 sponsorships for teens to come to our camp this year! We are only having one camp this year, as opposed past two years of having one for youth and one for children, and focusing on investing in the youth.  For children in our area, we will do a VBS in July. You may send your $120 donation for camp to My Brother’s Keeper, PO Box 11, Roxbury PA 17251, and be sure to write “Avadanei camp 2018” on the memo line. Thank you for making a difference in a teen’s life this summer! ☺️ ⛺️

Last year’s camp video: Youth Camp 2017

Camp poster: Poster for sponsors2018

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Pastor Frank Gribble’s legacy in Romania

Sadly, we have learned that brother Frank Gribble has passed away a few weeks ago.  He was our speaker at youth camp last year, and had enjoyed many years of mission in Romania together with our church in Piatra Neamt. We enjoyed his wit, his stories, and his devotion to the youth, and he will surely be missed!

Please keep his family, his wife and two sons, and his church family in your prayers ! Thank you! 🙏

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Sponsor a Child for Youth Camp 2018!

It’s that time of year again, time to start planning for camp! We are looking for 65 sponsorships for youth who want come to our youth camp August 27- September 1, 2018 in the mountains of Northern Romania.

This will be the fourth year that we have taken youth from our county, together with our church Sfânta Treime Baptist Church in Piatra Neamț to Youth Camp.  This year’s theme has yet to be decided, but sure to be fun with great leaders and mentors!

You may send donations of $120 to:

My Brother’s Keeper, PO Box 11, Roxbury PA 17251.  Please make sure you write “Avadanei camp 2018” on the memo. Thank you for helping us! The kids thank you!

Did you know that a Christian camp is a great way to jumpstart a youth in coming to church? We’ve seen that a lot!!

Last year’s camp video:  Youth Camp 2017

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Children’s Camp 2017 ~ Brasov, Romania!

Just got back from Children’s Camp August 21-25 in Brasov, Romania !! 🇷🇴🏞
Was good weather, mostly well behaved, and we had fun! We had 20 kids and 15 adults, half making the food and half of them providing activities for the kids. Lessons were on Moses, the Great Leader! The kids learned a lot about the burning bush, God’s plan, the plagues, and 10 commandments! We learned a cool song, too about crocodiles in the Nile. 👍 Thank you all for the prayers!  🏞😎☀️👴🏻