We are back in Wrocław (pronounced: vrotz-wahv) after an intense, wild, and sweet week at the Fusion Katowice (pronounced: cat-oh-veets-eh) camp. For all of the Fusion interns, this camp was like coming home. Having built relationships with students and leaders earlier in the summer, this camp was great for meeting new campers, as well as continuing to dive into relationships formed earlier in the summer. For one teammate in particular, this camp is special because of the fact that so many of his friends come from Fusion and I can tell that he loves the opportunity to serve and lead them and meet new students and give them a taste of Fusion.
For me personally, this camp was special for many reasons. To begin, I loved the opportunity to get to continue building a relationship with one young leader from Katowice I meet earlier in the summer and had the opportunity to live with while I was in Suszec as she took on the role of camp photographer and I was leading Fusion choir workshops. Hearing her talk about how she saw herself a year ago versus how she sees herself now is amazing, and a testament to God’s ability to work in our lives and hearts. My two roommates for this camp were incredible young women who have such sweet hearts, they were full of laughter, and I was so blessed by each of them as I saw them take on roles as section leaders for Fusion, as well as leading discussion groups with three to four girls. Hearing both of their stories was an incredible honor and I can’t wait to see how God will use the places he has brought them from to be incredible forces for his kingdom. It’s moments like these where I want desperately to see them a year from now but am nowhere near able to make any sort of a decision about what next summer will hold for my ministry in this country that has been two years in the making.
Getting to teach guitar for the first time was also a unique opportunity that I had, and one that God has used to show me that teaching is a skill developed. I taught this workshop with one other teammate, and we had four sweet girls, one of which was a roommate of mine for the week. It was incredible to see them all grow in their skills, see them open their hearts to Christ throughout the week, as well as well as how far they had come by the end of the week. One of these girls in particular I will remember because of how I got to work with her as she was set on playing in the concert on Saturday. She was incredibly resilient in learning, and it was an honor that she asked me to play with her in the concert. This girl also ended up making a decision to accept Christ at the end of the week, which left me praising God and in awe of how He moves in hearts. My prayer for her is that she continues to grow in this decision that she has made, and that she will be mentored by someone here who will continue to encourage her and help her learn more about what it means to trust Jesus every day.
Now that we are back in Wrocław and in the debriefing process, my heart and thoughts have been here as I spend these last few days with the people who have become family this summer, but also 5,000 plus miles away as I start to think about what being home in just two short days will feel like. Reflecting on the entire summer, I return to a place of gratefulness as I praise God for the people that have been around me, and the opportunities we have had to speak into the lives of these students and impact their eternities. The story of David has taken on a new meaning as I find ways God uses this story in the Bible to speak to me, and others. It is one of the many stories in the Bible that God uses to show just how faithful and how much of a promise keeper he is, something that I will be leaning in to and learning even more about as I make the transition home. To everyone who has supported me both financially and in prayer, I want to thank you IMMENSELY for believing in the work that God is doing in his church around the world, and partnering with me in this venture that is just the beginning of many more to come. I can’t wait to share more about what this summer has meant to me.