This past week has actually been a bit different than expected. One of the ministries that Cru had set up for us to help out with while in Bologna was a kids camp put on by the church that we attend every Sunday. This church uses a week-long camp as an opportunity to engage with the community and give the kids an opportunity to hear a more gospel-centered view of the bible than they normally get. Our group gave one afternoon to help the church prepare for this camp, then another two full days to help lead and play with the kids. In some ways, this ministry was a bit difficult and frustrating - we were often overwhelmed with the new environment and amount of work needed, and the language barrier between us and the kids certainly didn't help. However, I am really glad that we had this specific opportunity to serve because we got a very unique perspective - we got to meet and see the heart of the church planters and help them put on an evangelical ministry for the community. Since all of our ministry so far has been through Cru, getting to see an active local body made the camp worth it.
This week will be our final week on campus. Our final outreach event will be on Thursday - we will have a breakfast for dinner night at our apartment. The week after that will be spent debriefing and saying our goodbyes to students. As we go into our final week of ministry, please pray for the following:
- I think the daily ministry is starting to wear on me and the rest of our team. Please pray for continued strength and one last push of energy as we go into our final three days of ministry.
- That students would continue to be willing to follow up with us - many of them have exams right now, so it is getting increasingly difficult to grab coffee and meals with students.
- That our event on Thursday helps us to solidify some of the friendships we have made so the contacts we hand over to the STINTers are more engaged
Thank you all for your continued partnership, it really means a lot!