Sunday, July 26, 2009

Family Refugee Camp

10 Afghan families, including men, women, 25 kids and 15 teens, comprised our family refugee camp this year. What a pleasure to watch their delight as they were given time to enjoy rest and refreshment and the beauty of God's creation at Porto Astro.

We all had an incredible time. Each day's program was designed to share the love of Christ in various practical and tangible ways such as discussion groups, crafts, story telling, The Jesus Film DVD, a Christian illusionist etc. The response of these Muslim people was encouraging. They were enthusiastic listeners and participants in our discussions. Additionally, we shared Christian fellowship with our guests through swimming, canoeing, soccer games and other leisure activities.

These families captured our hearts as we lived among them and learned their stories. Lives of hardships that most of us have never known. Yet they were open to the love of Jesus that we extended to them. In fact, they were overwhelmed and commented on the difference they noticed in us.

One Christian pastor that helped us with Farsi translation said that he had gained more in the five days spent at camp with the people than he had in the two years that he had spent trying to reach these people for Jesus. Glory to God!

Please continue to pray for the hearts and souls of these families.

1 Tim 2:5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

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