“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.'”
The interns have been sent.
You have been praying, and asking me how they are doing.
Here is a collection of photos they have posted on Instagram, along with prayer requests from their blogs and newsletters.
Czech Republic will be hosting English (KECY) and Music (FUSION) camps all summer. Right now, they (along with all JV countries) are preparing for those camps.
“Today we taught English classes at a school and promoted camp. We worked with close to 75 students over the course of 5 periods…Please pray for these students as some of them think about coming to camp. Pray that they are thinking about moving further toward Christ. Pray as He is working in their hearts and the hearts of those on my intern team. Pray we all grow closer to Him this summer.” Rachel Berkebile (rachelsczechsummer2015.wordpress.com)
One of the intern’s jobs is to promote camps in a variety of public schools. They spend most of June traveling across the country meeting with high school kids and inviting them to summer camp.
So far, our team has bonded beyond my expectations. The five other interns I’m directly working with come from a variety of backgrounds and possess varying personalities, but throughout the challenges of the Amazing Race through Prague, Olomouc, and Ostrava, grew to both like and love each other… Pray for the local churches and youth leaders throughout Poland. What my team will do this summer with local youth will, Lord willing, plant seeds and see people grow closer to God, but we are only here for a finite time. Pray that the local churches will be equipped and ready to disciple and minister to the students we pour into at camp. Elliot Phillips (ephillips93.blogspot.com)
Each country has the same materials and training for camp, but each is a little different because of culture and terrain. Latvia is on the Baltic Sea- which makes camp promos at the beach a fun outreach!
Estonia has traditional interns working with camps, but they also have something unique: EXIT band interns. EXIT tour is a program within JV that invites Christian rock groups over to visit local schools during the year, teach moral lessons (anti-bullying, anti-drugs etc.) during the school day, and put on a concert at night where they share the gospel message. This year, we have a new EXIT tour director, Tim Cheshire, from Scotland. He hand-picked interns to train and tour with him this summer in Estonia, and here they are:
“What a difference 2 weeks can make! Let me introduce you to thebandbranches. Serving in Estonia all summer. Follow them and support them over the next 2 months. #thebandbranches #JV #exitband #estonia” ~Tim Cheshire
They led us in worship one night at intern training, and wow….!!! Pray for them as they serve this summer, and pray for Tim as he grows this particular portion of Josiah Venture.
Another special team of interns this summer is a group working with the Communications Team. Daniel Reimer is JV’s incredible photographer and videographer, and he has two interns this summer. They are traveling all throughout JV’s countries and camps, capturing the stories of interns and students. These photos and videos will help to tell the story of all that God is doing for eternity in Eastern and Central Europe. One of the projects is a video showing the life of an intern. We are hoping this video will help us in recruiting interns and giving them a clear picture of how they will be serving overseas.
They are hauling all kinds of equipment all over Eastern and Central Europe this summer- pray for safety and for the projects they complete to bring glory to God!
Albania and Romania
These countries have just a few interns serving this summer. Albania has the two girls and Romania had SO many interns drop out for various reasons that only Jonathan (on the right) remained. Pray for the missionaries (Brian- on the left- and Katie Burkhardt) and for Jonathan. They are running all of Romania’s camps on a shortage of interns this summer. Pray for all camps to run smoothly and for LOTS of energy!
Hungary is also a country with just a few interns this summer. Pray for the camps they are doing. Many of the activities in these camps will be extreme sports like climbing and white water rafting, so pray for safety.
Serbia has three interns this summer and they are also hard at work preparing for summer camps. They are also, apparently, enjoying the ice cream! Pray for continued unity in this small intern team, and for camps to reach many students with the gospel message.
Interns in Slovenia are also hard at work preparing for summer camps! I love how each country takes the Josiah Venture theme and logo for the summer and makes it their own!
“Bold faith is my prayer for the summer. He is so faithful and I love the way He is teaching me to follow Him in the big and small things in life. It brings me joy just to know that He cares for me enough to patiently teach me these things because He wants me to have joy in full and to lean on Him every day. ‘We know not what to do, but our eyes are on you…’ that is my prayer and my song, throughout this internship and through all my days. I am simply amazed by His patience and love towards me. He is SO good.” Mary Knoch (Instagram)
That last quote makes me smile…
YOU are a part of this movement of God among the young people of Eastern and Central Europe. Every one of you who is praying for these interns and making it possible for me to do this job is a part of THIS.