Yes, it is really happening: the whole team is together and getting ready to receive 140 kids for the camp. God provided workers by sending some from Finland, some from St Petersburg and two students from Lithuania who are doing their Bible college practicum here. One last detail is to pray to get potatoes - and the provision was found, someone has got 120 kilos to sell and we are happy for that. Kids love to eat mashed potatoes.
The next three days were eternal moments treasured by us all. Each day started with corporate "morning glory" followed by breakfast, Bible hour, sports, lunch, and Bible hour and sports again, then dinner and evening celebration. We had three age groups. In each group Jesus was ministering personally to every heart through His Word and Spirit. Children responded to the love of God. Many experienced the joy of salvation and many continue to grow as His disciples. Our hearts were touched as the children sang praises to God with all of their hearts and prayed earnestly and shared the verses and Bible stories they had learnt.
The second camp was in Medvezhegorsk with a hundred kids. At the last moment we got the kitchen crew and the sewage was repaired by the city, so we were able to have the camp after all. And again what joy and laughter in fellowship, what depth of God's love as Jesus was being portrayed right in front of our eyes as if He was just being crucified - what great salvation. The Bible is alive and the eternal seed of the Word is growing in the hearts.
These were the best days of the summer - the kids said and told that they liked everything the best about the camp - especially the Bible hours and songs, sports and games, the food was good and the adults were a lot of fun.
We felt it a great privilege to have these young lives entrusted to us, to be able to show them the way of Life, to direct them to Jesus to find refuge and safety in Him in this uncertain world.
10-year Jubilee of the church
The first missionary trip from Finland to Medvezhegorsk was ten years ago. If that trip made history so did this one. With a group of thirty fervent Finns we were able to reach hundreds of souls on one on one confrontation and in all the gospel concerts and meetings. The week of good news started at the nursing home where the living Word preached by Pastor Matti Himanka and the music performed by the gospel band Armonia from Helsinki comforted and brought hope to every heart. The same evening the people of Pindushi were blessed to have the concert at their culture house.
There was a special visitation of God at the prison hospital where the anointed music and the preaching of the glorious gospel brought salvation and deliverance to the inmates from the bondage of sin and quilt. Many broken hearts were melted by the love of God.
And what great transformation we witnessed in Vitshka that Thursday night when the glory came down! The whole village was packed in their culture house and the spirits were revived as songs of praise were lifted up and the gospel was preached with power. And now as the light of the gospel has shone to many hearts the village will never be the same gloomy, hopeless, dark place again. Jesus came to Vitshka and dispelled the spiritual darkness.
Friday night was another glorious proclamation of Christ's victory as Armonia sang in the open-air concert at the central square of Medvezhegorsk. At the salvation call many responded and raised their hands in acceptance of the Savior.
On Saturday we had the picnic and a beautiful baptism of fourteen believers. In the evening at the healing meeting Jesus was present to heal. On Sunday morning service we had social workers visit us and about fifty families who were invited by them to receive humanitarian aid brought from Finland. Some of these people came back the same night for our final celebration. The week of good news had a great ending with more souls saved and sweet fellowship with the saints. His banner over us had been all the time His perfect love.
We have earlier written about Olga. She was overjoyed to receive a wheelchair that enables her to go outside. She participated in everything we had. She was moved to tears many times as she got to go to places she had never earlier been able to.
Let us keep the church in Medvezhegorsk covered with prayers so that this great revival would continue. Let us pray for the Lord of the harvest to send workers to His harvest field. We are praying for Andrew that he could be at least part time in Medvezhegorsk and that God would add a team there. We are going to spend a year in Baltimore.
Please, pray also for the girls from the St Petersburg orphanage; Anya, Masha, Snezhana and Kristina spent the three weeks with us and were great helpers at the camp and also during the summer harvest week.
Thank you for being a part in reaching Karelia with your prayers and support.