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.
Switzerland and the Eiger mountain range welcomed our group of 29 college students and young adults from all across the nation throughout the week of June 27. Once our entire team arrived in country, we began to prepare the camp for the 200 junior high and high school students who would arrive on July 2.
Our team served as Bible study leaders, team leaders, recreation leaders, workshop leaders, and worship leaders, each spent their fair share on KP duty.
The purpose and mission of this trip was to encourage, equip, and evangelize European students (grade 7 - 12) as well as American (military, diplomat, missionary) students living in Europe and the Middle East. This year, 12 nationalities were represented at Euroventure Camp.
Each member of our team knew their roles of servant, soldier, sparkplug, and soul-winner, would be called upon each day to meet the various needs of the students. European culture and its humanistic worldview is one of the most difficult mission fields in the world. One goal of our team was to understand the culture and develop a love and passion to help students recognize their need for a Savior. Our team shared the love of Christ in both lifestyle and overt evangelism. Twenty-two students prayed to receive Christ and many others renewed their commitment to put Christ first in their lives.
Because two-thirds of the students were connected to the US military (deployed soldiers, officers, state department officials, and NGO contract workers), our team counseled and encouraged students who struggle with relationship issues as well as issues of anxiety and fear for their deployed parents.
Please continue to pray for the churches in the International Baptist Convention and their ongoing work to bring the light of Christ to a dark world.