Ed and I went every morning into the schools with the EXIT Team, into a different public school each day. The entire EXIT Team included our JV Slovakia EXIT team (members of our SK team who have committed to the role of making this tour happen), part of the JV Czech EXIT team (3 guys who came to mentor and walk alongside our Slovakia team as they are learning the ropes), the United Kingdom band called Faith Child (an amazing group of four guys who brought the message of Jesus via music, lecturers/presenters from 4 different countries who held seminars each day about their specific topic of prevention, and our local church youth group helpers who committed to the details of set up/tear down and after-school outreach events.
Can I just tell you how exciting this part alone was...that we were working together with people from 5 different countries, all different backgrounds and denominations, and different areas of expertise and/or experiences to bring the incredible Gospel of Jesus Christ to the youth of our town who desperately need Him???
So many kids heard the clear message of the Gospel this week, and so many have already responded with a decision to follow Jesus, or with an answer on a survey that they have a 5-out-of-5 interest to hear more about Jesus! Now our youth group will be following up with those kids: inviting them to our youth meetings, getting them involved in small groups, and welcoming them to other outreach events. Things are happening here, and we are thrilled and blessed to be a part of it all!
|Every afternoon the lecturers, band members, and team came to our house for a coffee break. They rested here and had some time to relax and snack and check their email and Facebook! Plus we got a chance to know them that way!|
|Michael, the leader of the band, was great with our kids!|
|Sindy speaks for an organization called Pink Cross, dedicated to exposing the lies about pornography.|
|Gage had fun teaching Noro how to play a card game...in Slovak!|
|The perks of having Slovaks in the house includes having "professional" help with homework! :-)|
|Every afternoon was an outreach event for all students from the schools to come to...this day was soccer day.|
|And the final night was the Grand Finale...the BIG concert. We think that about 500 people attended, an amazing night for Bardejov!|
|And because the concert happened to be on Jaylin's 8th birthday, Michael picked her up and put her on the stage to dance with them all during one of their songs...it was the perfect birthday "gift" for her! :-)|
|Thank you, Faith Child, for coming to Bardejov, and for being a huge asset to our EXIT Tour! Thank you for bringing the message of Jesus to our town!|