We have a new family member for the summer!!! Seth is living with us here in Bardejov and working with our youth group until mid-August. He will be helping at the first ever JV Slovakia sports camp happening July 15-21. Both Ed and Seth are natural athletes, and enjoy the relationships that develop while hanging out and playing sports with youth. They have been playing one sport or another almost every day since Seth has arrived (12 days ago), inviting the youth of our town to meet them at the basketball courts or soccer fields, playing basketball, soccer, floorball or frisbee, and then inviting them to camp. They have also been going into the high schools here in our town to advertise for the sports camp, to invite these school kids to join us, too.
We have a team of youth from our church here in town, who, together with Ed, have been planning this sports camp since last summer. A team of Americans will be coming to the camp to teach basketball skills, have English conversations with the students, and share the Gospel message during the evening program. We are all really excited about this first camp, and about everyone who will be participating together to put it on, and are praying together that kids will come. Having Seth here has been really great, as his partnership with Ed and the Slovak leadership team in promoting the camps and developing relationships with other athletes has already been a huge encouragement to all of us.
And not only the team has been encouraged, but our family also has been LOVING having this awesome guest! Seth hangs out with our kids as if they're all friends of the same age, playing what they like to play, from Jayce all the way down to Shaylee…everyone loves Seth!!! And Ed and I have truly enjoyed conversations and fun times with this friend, and look forward to a whole summer of this!
We also have an amazing team of 10 additional interns who are not living with us for the whole summer, but who will be interning at the English camps happening throughout Slovakia. They will be in our home quite often in-between camps, and we are all looking forward to these times with them. God has truly blessed our JV Slovakia KOMPAS team with this great Intern team, who are already humbly serving the Lord as He has led them to be here all summer sharing His love and Good News with the youth of Slovakia. I will introduce you to these other 10 in a later post.