When Jesus spoke about the “fields being white for harvest,” he was talking about evangelistic summer camps in Eastern Europe and Russia.
You can be a “laborer” in the harvest by serving at a camp or sending a student who may be ready to believe in Jesus.
One of our partnering pastors tells this story from last summer:
Last summer 80% of the participants were not believers. After a few days, a guy named Sergei came up to me and said he had some serious questions for me. There was tension in his voice and sadness in his eyes… he could hardly speak out a word.
I realized that something was happening with this guy and God was doing His work in him. We found a comfortable place to talk. I remember that the sky seemed so peaceful; it was as if the spiritual world was open for that conversation. That evening, God opened Sergei’s eyes and heart to believe in Jesus as His Savior.
When we returned from camp, Sergei connected with our church family because of friendships he had made at camp. He attended our worship services and joined a weekly discipleship group. He frequently shares his testimony about God’s transformation with people he meets. Now he is passionately praying for his parents to accept Christ. God is changing him as he grows in wisdom and strength.
What do we mean by “Harvest Time at Summer Camps?”
From September until June, people in this church reached out to Sergei and befriended him. They invited him to parties and played soccer with him. Even though he was not a believer, he began to feel comfortable with these new Christian friends.
When they invited him to come to summer camp, he eagerly agreed because he knew them and trusted them. After a whole year of preparation, it was “Harvest Time” for Sergei. At the camp he had fun and heard the Gospel in a way he could understand. It was a safe atmosphere where he could reflect and say “yes” to God.
More than 20% of those who attend the camps indicate a decision for Christ.
More than 10% become “remaining fruit” who grow as disciples in the churches when they return from camp.
This summer, our partners will host more than 30 camps in the countries of Albania, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. More than 1,000 students could have a chance to attend the camp and become a believer.
What does it take to give students like Sergei the chance to go to summer camp?
Participate in a Camp
You can join in the harvest by going to the camp to help teach English or help with logistics. The best choice if for you to go to Albania from July 13-23 to serve at an English Camp for culturally Muslim university students and young professionals. CLICK HERE for more information.
Send a student for $45
You can join in the harvest by sending an unbelieving student for just $45. Although each student pays a small amount toward the cost of the camp, more funds are needed to cover the logistics, training, transportation, food and housing for the week-long camp.
Thank you for joining in the harvest!