church camp in the mountains

On Sunday June 24, we finally left for camp with my church in Targu Mures and Reghin! My students from Reghin asked Einer and I if we would be interested in going at the end of April at one of our social events and the more they told me about it, all the more I got interested in going! They told me how God moved in people’s lives and how their lives were changed last year. I got interested in camp just from hearing about what God did last summer but I didn’t want to go and ask someone to translate for me the whole week at the services. Then when one of my student’s told me Kevin’s Pastor from England is coming (Pete) for camp and they are getting translation. I was like okay I’m in!
It seemed like I waited forever for camp to come, so my excitement and expectation of camp increased over time. I went to camp with high expectation that God would do great things in my life and also other people’s lives too. I went to camp expecting God do mighty things but what happened at camp God did way beyond what I expected Him to do!
The camp facility is in Lunca Bradului which is about a two hour drive from Targu Mures (where I live). The location of the camp is right in the mountains with a river that runs near the cabin we stayed in. It was so beautiful and peaceful where it is located! It’s like a perfect paradise to get away to seek God and to experience the beauty of His creation!
There was around 70 people who went from the church in Reghin and Targu Mures. People from all different ages went to camp (children, teenagers, young adults and older adults). We were like a big family at camp! It was wonderful to see how God brought such unity throughout the week. I grew so close to a lot of people from my church in Targu Mures and also in Reghin. I became good friends with some of them!  I’m so thankful of how I experienced the love and support from the people who were there with their encouragement and prayers. What a blessing!
Four days at camp I taught the children English for an hour in the afternoon. I really enjoyed my time with the children! I taught them numbers, colour, body parts and zoo animals. I taught them five songs in English (Head and Shoulders, Hokey Pokey, Hosanna, Jesus loves me and God is so good) and three out of the five songs they sang for everyone after dinner on Friday and ended the performance with the scripture vere Psalm 100:5. The kids did such a great job!! I’m so proud of them! Einer (one of the teachers who went to camp) video tapped it and put it on You Tube. You can watch the video here by clicking on this link! Enjoy!
I also enjoyed at camp going on the zip line (it’s quite the rush because the zip line goes off the mountain and over the river!), attempting to climb the wall, doing part of one of the obstacles courses and all of the walks with Einer and my new friends Nadia, Marius and Luminuta.
At camp I got to enjoy some of my favourite traditional Romanian meals! For breakfast we usually had bread with cheese and meat. For dinner (we would call this meal lunch which their the largest meal of the day) we had soup, a salad with tomatoes and cucumbers, the main dish which had some kind of meat in it followed by dessert. Supper in Romania is a smaller meal than the lunch. Some of the food we ate was supa de lascute (soup with little squares in it just like pasta), sarmale (like small cabbage rolls), snitel (this is actually a German meal but it’s very good!), ciorba de perisoare (soup with meat balls), spaghete cu sos de ciuperci (pasta with mushrooms sauce), mamaliga and spaghetti. I also can’t forget my favourite dessert – gogosi (donuts)!
Not only did we get great food at camp but we also had a spiritual feast too! The theme of the week was "a-Prinde Focul inima ta" (Catch the fire in your Heart). Pete preached a lot on the intimately with Christ, to know Christ’s love deep in your heart and to know we are God’s children. He spoke on taking the walls down that might hinder God from close to us, healing, living in grace and freedom. He spoke about praying prayers of faith and expecting miracles from God. He spoke about forgiveness and fear as well. One morning he spoke about how Elisha wanted a double portion of Elijah’s anointing and desiring that from God too. He also spoke about seeking Christ with all of your heart and remaining in Him.
I believe the people who went to camp went with their hearts opened and ready to receive from God because they were so hungary and passionate for the Lord. I have seen passion and hunger from teenagers at retreats and conferences but I can honestly say this was the first time I have seen such deep hunger and passion for the Lord from people from all different ages. It was truly amazing to be with people at camp who were so thirsty and hungry for God. What an encouragement and blessing that was to be with them at camp!
The worship time was amazing and I’m so glad that I feel comfortable worshipping God in Romanian now! I experienced God’s beautiful presence all week at camp. It was awesome to see how the Holy Spirit moved and touched many people lives (including mine). I can honestly say we have caught the fire of God in our hearts at camp! God touched me deeply at camp. I praise Him for bringing restoration, freedom and healing to my heart. I give Him praise for confirming in my heart that I am His beloved precious child and for pouring His love into my heart in a very real and deep way. God has also deepen my love and passion for Him. My hunger for Him has increased becasue I now know who I am in Him and I have the victory in Him! I give God praise for everything He is doing in my life!
What an awesome week at camp!!!

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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