Friday, October 19, 2012

A Different Kind of Soil

This is a powerful letter sent out today by JV missionaries, Kevin and Daniela Dickson. I wholeheartedly encourage you to read it as it gives such a great picture of what is happening here RIGHT NOW.

I know that it's sometimes hard to picture what JV's ministry is like here, how God is working, and how young people are responding to the Gospel. I think this update will give you new insight and understanding into the heart of our vision and mission, and what we long and pray for in the lives of young people across Central and Eastern Europe.

"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge
of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea."
                                                     -Habakkuk 2:14
Empowering Churches in Eastern Europe

...A Different Kind of Soil
Dear Friends and Family,

This past summer, Daniela and I began working on remolding our home here in Czech.  It was a great time for me to be outside and get dirty.  During the process, we rented a digger so that I could dig out a foundation for our entryway.  As I began to dig, I learned that not all soil reacts the same.  In one corner, the soil was soft and came out quickly.  But the other corner was wetter, firmer, denser and clung to the inside of the scoop.  It took me three times the effort to remove the same amount dirt.
God was teaching me a lesson.

Last week we saw incredible things happen in Bardejov. Here is what we know:

* We were able to share our program with over 1,300 students in four schools

* 255 of those students attended at least one of the afternoon activities hosted by the two churches that we partnered with. 

* Just over 500 students came to the concert on Friday and heard the Gospel with almost 200 students asking to hear more about Christ

* And the best yet, over 185 students prayed to receive Christ in their hearts; many occurring during school breaks!

The soil there was FERTILE!

LEFT: Bardejov AFTERPARTY connecting the local youth groups with our new school friends
RIGHT: FAITH CHILD during the final outreach concert in Bardejov


This week we are in Poprad, although the town is only about two hours away, the soil is completely different.

It has been a very difficult week.  Our team has been under constant attack from the enemy.  Our head national leader, Peter, hasn’t been able to sleep most of the week.  One of our lecturers is having nightmares.  One of our lectures is having unbelievable intestinal pain.  And I have spent most of the week sick.

LEFT: Sindy talking about purity & Christ and her life in the PORN industry
CENTER: Noro taking about addiction & Christ and his life as a drug addict
RIGHT: Mr. Graumann the 'twice saved child'...once from the holocaust and then in Christ

The schools have been difficult as well with yesterday being the hardest; only around 20 students stayed for the closing program.  And yet the Gospel is a powerful tool.  In each school we have seen God do incredible things and begin to change and soften the hearts of these students.
This week has brought us closer together as a team and we’ve finished every night together in prayer for each other and the students.  And I’m asking you to join us in it.

Before the school day opening session in Poprad

Tonight, the 19th of October at 10AM PST, we will begin our final outreach concert for the town of Poprad.  Stand with us in prayer for this city as we cast out seed onto the dry soil; praying against the weeds in this city and for the churches here to be a place of enriched soil for new Christians to grow up in.

We need your prayers.  Will you join us?

In Him,
- Kevin and Daniela

our band members: Aaron, Michal, Joseph, Michael - FAITH CHILD

  • For the 185 new Christians in Bardejov
  • For the students of Poprad whom we met this week
  • For the concert tonight
  • For our team to stay healthy to be bold in sharing the Gospel
  • For the band and their testimonies during the show
  • For fertile soil to be found here in Poprad. 

If you would like to read more about what we have been up to for the past few months,
click here to read more!

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