Guest Contributor Kim Williams brings us thoughts on your opportunity to help or even go on a mission trip.
Here at Sanctuary Bible Church we are again praying for a team of 12-14 people to conduct a Speak-Out Camp for older teens and college students in northern Albania.
English Language Camp is an outreach to students using English courses as a way to share the gospel. We will have the opportunity to build relationships with the students over the course of a week and share our faith in Christ with them. It's an exciting mission, as we usually see several of the students commit their lives to Jesus Christ. We will work under the direction of a tremendously gifted Campus Crusade for Christ - Albania staff, who have spent the year reaching out to students, and discipling those who have become believers.
It takes time. The dates for 2018 are July 19-30. A couple days for flights, time for rest and preparation, the week of camp and then the flights home. (For those who are able, we will plan a brief add-on trip after the camp to see other parts of Albania.)
It takes a certain amount of stamina. We will have a morning filled with classes both English and The Parables Jesus. Our afternoons will include relationship building and recreation, including swimming in the resort pool, beach play and swimming in the Adriatic, or having "coffees" with some of the students. Evenings are filled with activities including Albania Night, America Night, a Talent Show, “Graduation,” and of course one of Albania’s favorite pastimes - dancing! The day starts at 7:30am and ends around 11:00pm.
It takes money. $2,800 per person will cover all of our in-country expenses, airfare and trip insurance as well as a scholarship to help Albanian students cover their camp expenses. This amount will be reduced by fundraising, special offerings and donations.
Most importantly it takes faith. If God is calling you to go, will you trust him with all of the details, including providing the money which you don’t have.
Please pray about your participation. We are specifically looking for a team that is mostly 18-35 year olds, with a smattering of us "elder" types going. And if it is not you, please pray for us as God puts together the team.