- Collective, powerful worship with 19 countries from around the world represented in one place
- Over 30 students accepted Christ
Every year at the beginning of July, we join the International Baptist Convention (IBC) in planning and running Euroventure, an international summer camp for teens (age 12 - 19) from 19 countries around the world, all convening in Grindelwald, Switzerland. Participants at Euroventure include students from U.S Military bases, missionary families, overseas corporate business families, church youth groups, and their friends. Along with hiking the gorgeous Swiss Alps, canyoning, and other fun activities planned throughout the week, students experience spiritual growth through breakout sessions, worship, and time alone with God.
The trip to Grindelwald is quite an undertaking in itself: After taking a connecting flight for about 2 hours to Philadelphia, then experiencing a 4 - 5 hour layover, we were finally able to begin our 11-hour flight to Zurich. From there, we hopped on the train for a 2-hour ride until arriving in Grindelwald.
This year, we had arrived 4 days before camp began--giving us plenty of time to take in the beauty of God's creation while also arranging any last-minute tasks before campers started to arrive. Once camp started, our schedule was jam-packed and we were swept up in the energy and excitement that only teenagers can create--parents, you know what we mean.
The entire week was incredible! God was definitely at work, not just in the lives of the students, but our lives as well. Hearing the teens come together for worship--19 countries from around the world represented in one place, singing in unison praises to our Lord--was like experiencing a glimpse of Heaven here on Earth. The scenery and culture of Switzerland is amazing, but that pales in comparison to the collective heart of worship the teens had during the week.
As camp had come to an end, God had blessed us to see over 30 students accept Christ as their Savior! That's what it's all about.
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” - Matthew 28:19 - 20