As the school year has come to a close a new season has started. In January of this year Jon and I were asked to become teachers at a camp committed to helping high school students from China and Taiwan establish life values before heading to U.S. Universities in the years ahead. The camp is attended by mostly Buddhists and sometimes Muslims who have had little to no understanding of Jesus.
When the Lord opened the door of opportunity for us it was a confirmation to things he had already put on our heart regarding the Pacific Northwest. In the past few months we have been helping set the curriculum and preparing for classes in June, July and August. The camp itself is not overtly Christian. It is however, catered toward helping students understand and deal with pressures around school, parental relationships, addictions, dating and sex, and other life challenges from a Christian perspective. The goal of the camp director is to provide influence from a Christian perspective allowing teachers to build relationships with students, understand their life struggles, and through relationship lead into decisions around and for Christ. TFHG was asked to participate because of our strong passion for discipling and empowering others up into greatness for Christ.
The opportunity ahead will open doors to colleges and universities in the U.S. as well as doors to other nations. We’d like to ask you to please be in prayer for these students. We want them to have soft hearts, be ready to receive and we want to hear clearly from Holy Spirit on how to minister to them.
Our family will be leaving on May 22 and passing through some cities in the western U.S. where some ministry connections and fruit has already happened. We will end up at the camp outside of Portland Oregon around the middle of June where Ethan, Hanan, Josiah and Kaitlin will join the international students for 3 weeks before heading back home across the northern U.S. As we head home, Jon, Larisa and their boys will be arriving in Portland for the July camp and head home August 1st. Justin will be returning on August 2 for the final camp ending at the end of August. It is going to be an amazing and very busy summer with over 40 international students lives impacted.