I know this sounds like a nice title but it is true. God slowly grows me and continually allows me to learn this culture and my strengths and weaknesses. He has given me the opportunity to share the gospel through a weekly English conversation group, a boys Bible study, and individually.
Filip is the main guy that God has put in my path to share the gospel with this semester. We met him last Fall on a bus. We struck up a conversation and soon started hanging out together. Now I see him around 3 times a week where he is hearing how much Jesus loves him. He is constantly in our house eating Dara’s cookies and playing with the kids. We not only want him to hear about Jesus from me and others but see how we live Jesus at home. Please be praying for him. I think he is close to accepting Jesus.
Our team and a group of Americans which came for a week to help us promote our SpeakOut camp were able to enter 15 schools which put us in front of 2600 students. The result of all this craziness was that we only have 7 more spots for students to sign up out of 90. This is the fastest we have ever filled the camps. After all the Lord did in the last semester, we are expecting great things from Him this summer at SpeakOut.
Change of Plans
We were planning to be in the States from August until February. It was an extended time of rest after living here for the last 10 years. It is not easy to live here sometimes but I know that this is where the Lord wants us. After praying about it and the Lord answering prayers, we decided to shorten our stay to 3 months. This will allow us to not miss as much ministry here and still have a good time with our family and friends. Even though the time is shorter, we are still in need of a vehicle. Even if it is a smaller car, please let us know if you have one that we could borrow. Thank you so very much!
On March 26th at 3:30pm six high school guys entered our apartment for the first student Bible study that I have ever led here in Slovakia. They came mainly because of Martin’s loving encouraging invitation. We studied about the sinful woman being forgiven from Luke 7:36-50. We first read it in Slovak and then in English. Then to help us observe the story even better we chose three of the guys to act it out as I read. It was pretty entertaining for the guys as the sinful woman (Filip) acted out kissing the feet of Jesus (Marek). Then we asked four simple questions to highlight the truth taught in the passage and lastly how to apply that truth. The guys enjoyed it. The cherry on top of the Bible study was the cheese cake that I made. I think the guys were loved and challenged with truth.
Other activities we used during March to speak truth into students lives and build relationships with them include: a weekend retreat, a ropes course, indoor rock climbing on Tuesdays, camping in the snow, weekly English Club, and a black light party. Check out our website for more pictures.
Blitz Week - SpeakOut Promo
We have around 18 Americans coming in a week to help us promote our English camps that happen in July. We will be around 30 strong and will enter Kosice high schools. Our goal is to find 90 students to attend our SpeakOut English camp where they will hear the gospel multiple times and really experience Christ love poured out through us.
Augustine, Jan Hus, Martin Luther, Jonathan Edwards: These are a few of the Godly men that we learned about in our seminary class on Church History in January. For eight days we studied the beginnings and interweavings that the church took to arrive at its place today. We studied about Catholicism and how it changed over time, persecution of the early Christians, and many stories of how God grew the church and moved it along theologically. It was very interesting to me, especially while living in Europe where much of it took place.
After the class our whole family traveled to a conference in Turkey that takes place every four years. All the Cru staff in Eastern Europe and Russia came together for seven days to worship, share stories, and fellowship together. D.A. Carson was our speaker and we even heard him speak in a old Roman amphitheater. We actually got sick during the conference but still managed to talk to many old friends.
A Furlough Need
We are planning a furlough for mid August 2015 to mid February 2016. We are so looking forward to being in the States with family and friends. We are looking for an apartment/house in the Clemson area and we need to borrow a vehicle for the 6 of us or two small cars. If you or anyone you know could help with either of these needs we would be grateful. Please send us a email at: Jeremy.firstname.lastname@example.org
Around 1:30am in the morning on a Tuesday night a policeman approached three students and me suspiciously. We were on the main street of Kosice playing frisbee golf. He had his flashlight out and started questioning us. Since we are not used to talking to the police here, I am sure that we could not have looked more guilty. He asked us what we were doing and we told him we were just playing frisbee golf. That was the start of a fun night with these three students.
My job is basically to build relationships with students through different creative avenues and point them to Christ through words and my life. In the last month we have hosted a bowling party, a game night, a pumpkin party, a pizza hang out, and yes, playing frisbee golf on the empty streets of Kosice at 1 am. On Tuesday and Friday we were in two high schools meeting new students and telling them about how Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. The goal is to start talking to a few of them on Facebook and soon meet in person and share the gospel with them. And last weekend seven of us guys boarded a train for an overnight hike to the Tatry Mountains. Please pray for these activities to draw students to us and into a relationship with Jesus.
Within the last month I received these two messages from Martin, my disciple. He shared his faith with his roommate Daniel and he prayed to receive Christ. Then three weeks later Martin went on a school trip and he shared with his classmate John and he also prayed to start a relationship with Jesus. Then last week we where meeting and looking at 2 Timothy 2:2. In this verse it talks about four generations of believers and I realized it was happening. WOW! I feel so blessed to be part of this link. God is faithfully growing His kingdom in Slovakia. Please pray for Martin as he starts to meet weekly with Daniel and John to teach them the basics of their new faith.
Speaking of the number four, we now have four kids. Bryanna Joy Adams was born on September 29th and she is healthy and happy. We are doing our best to protect her from the other three who want to love her by climbing on top of her. We are trying to adjust as a family and continue to learn to balance and prioritize our time. We are praying for our family to be worshipers of Christ and show others around us how to worship Jesus also. It is challenging.
Speak Out is over for this year. 80 students heard the gospel multiple times and 21 made decisions to trust Christ. I want to explain the importance of this camp and maybe light a match in you to travel here next year. Find out more info at staff.speakout.sk
Our whole year revolves around Speak Out. This English Camp’s engine is our Slovak student volunteers and Americans who travel here for this month. Our staff trains these two groups how to share their faith for 7 days prior to the first group of campers arriving. The education our volunteers receive must be put into action immediately. I believe the success of Speak Out lies in hours of prayer, daily sharing the gospel with these campers, and loving and living with them for this week.
The year revolves around Speak Out because the seeds we plant during these two weeks our staff and volunteer students water for the rest of the year. We start with a party where we invite all 80 campers. At that party we will start making times to meet with the 21 students that trusted Christ to continue to teach them about their new relationship with Christ. We also will try to continue to hang out with all 80 students. Martin, the student that I meet with weekly for discipleship, accepted Christ last year at Speak Out. He then came to the afterparty, met with me weekly for discipleship, and was a key volunteer in loving on the campers this year. It is a beautiful picture that you or someone you know could be apart of next year.
On a family note, Dara is due around the end of the month. She is healthy and we are very excited to add another member to our family.
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Instead of writing a standard update of the last month, I thought it would be encouraging to highlight how the Lord has worked during this last semester.
During our weekly evangelism time in the mall Martin and I walked up to a dark haired high school student. We were trying a different tactic and skipping the survey that we usually use to bridge into a gospel presentation. Instead, we briefly introduced ourselves and asked if we can ask him a religious question. I asked, “Who do you think Jesus is?” He responded, “He is the Son of God.” With that his curiosity was peaked. For the next ten minutes Martin and I, with all the distractions of the mall, told Laci the good news of Jesus. During the conversation we were asking him different questions to see if he understood. After making sure he did, we asked, “Would you like to start a relationship with Jesus and have Him as your Lord and Savior?” He said yes and we prayed with him right there in the mall! This was very encouraging for us and great for Martin to witness as he is weekly learning to share his faith by going with me.
On a family note, I left Dara and the kids May 6th-12th to fly to America for my wonderful sister’s wedding. She married Mr. Landon Clark. It was so nice to be home for a couple of days to be with my family. Landon took us to shoot skeet. Also, Tucker and I went fishing and Dad took us golfing. So many times I have missed different family events. I am very thankful that I could fly home for this one and spend time talking with my family face to face. Being away makes me really appreciate and take advantage of the times we are together.
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Jeremy, a forever learner, husband of a wonderful Godly woman, father of five fun kids who are sitting right beside me and about to knock the computer to the floor. :)
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