Camps in 2023
The Gap Year trip to Hungary was an incredible opportunity, and we were privileged to work alongside the amazing team from SU Hungary at their english speaking camps. We had to rely heavily on God during the trip, walking by faith and not by sight, and it was clear that he was in every aspect of what was going on.
The camps we were helping at were very different from an SU Scotland camp, but had the same goal – sharing the gospel of Jesus with children and young people.
Each day the programme consisted of a Bible teaching in English (being translated into Hungarian), English teaching with the children, small group discussions held in Hungarian, games, team challenges, a drama and more. Some days we took the campers off site for the afternoon. (35 kids on a public bus is a stressful experience). Along with the Hungarian team we were involved in most of the aspects of leading the camp. We had games to run, talks to give, memory verses to teach, and we were interacting with the kids for the whole day – a unique experience given our lack of Hungarian.
Whilst it was an absolute blast helping with the camp, we had our struggles, and we had to trust that everything was in God’s hands. Thankfully, prayer works! With praise to God, the issues were set aside, and we were able to focus on running a fantastic final day of camp for the children, and everyone was friends by the end.
To finish up, an encouragement about the impact that these camps have. At the end of the week one boy made gifts for all the leaders – little stones with the word „Jesus” written on it, surrounded by several love hearts. It was amazing to see that God had touched this boy’s heart, and we trust that He has impacted the other children in the same way.
This summer I had the incredible opportunity to work with Scripture Union in Hungary. At first, I was a little apprehensive about what the 2 weeks would entail and whether I would be able to manage as I had never participated in any kind of mission work before. Despite the challenges such as the language barriers, I found the whole experience to be extremely rewarding as I was not only able to serve the Lord in a country which I had never been to before, but I was also able to form meaningful relationships with other team members and the Pastor and his family who were all very welcoming and friendly.
It was a privilege to play a part in sharing the word of God with the young people at the camp and to also help them grow in their faith. A particular highlight of mine was engaging in the various craft activities with the children. While this was very fun, it always had a key message that we as Christians should apply to our lives. It was great to see the impact that we had on the children through teaching songs and sharing personal testimonies. By the end of the week many of them were eager to take the next step in their journey of faith.
It was also amazing to visit Budapest and explore the culture. This is something I would do again should I get the chance!