Not the “Normal” Night Hike

Reflections from Jesse Frank, TeachBeyond Germany’s Adventure Camp leader, on the recent Easter Camp.

We left the building about 8:30 p.m. when the sun was going down. It was still light when we got to our destination. The setting was beautiful: the sky was orange, but the stars soon started to shine.

We talked about John 8:12 where Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He that followeth me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” We also talked about Psalm 119:105 -Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” – and Matthew 5:14 where Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.”

We looked around us and got a perspective of things: trees, hills, people, plants, earth. Then we talked about God’s art, the beautiful trees and other natural things, all different and all perfect. We also talked about the fact that God made everyone perfect in his or her own way. Yet, everyone is different. God loves everyone more than we can imagine.

We talked about the plan that God has to redeem everyone from his / her sinfulness. It was getting very dark now and we talked about trusting in our Creator and allowing Him to be a part of our lives.

I asked a series of questions about life and the status of the campers. When I asked, “Is there anyone who has never trusted Jesus as their Savior and would like to?” I saw three or four hands; not sure if they wanted to be seen. At that point I knew I needed to divide the group. I told them I was going up the path and anyone who wanted to know more about trusting Jesus should join me. I asked the translator to come with me. I asked another camp staff member, Steve Flada, to take the rest of the group back towards the house and to pray for us.

Where we stopped on the path, the trees were almost completely grown together above us, but there was a small window where we could see the stars. We started talking about God’s holiness in Revelation 4:8: “Holy, Holy is the Lord God almighty….” We also talked about John 3:16, that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die for us, and that it is up to us to believe and receive Him. Then, we talked about the salvation verses in Romans, Acts, and finished with 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

I asked them to pray and confess their sins. They silently prayed and then we led them in the sinners’ prayer. Everything was translated. The results of this time was so moving that many were broken and sobbing. I was speechless. This was not the “normal” night hike. I asked if anyone wanted to pray out loud. One prayed. We answered questions.

On the way back to the camp, one of the girls shared with me that she had seen a hand with a dirty heart. The hand took the dirty heart to the beauty salon and cleaned it up so the heart could became part of God’s family.

It was getting very cold by then, so I said that we would all go back to the house for hot tea and a snack. On the way I asked them to stop by the chapel and pick up a couple of books. As they picked up the books I asked them to put their names and the date in them. That evening there were six boys and five girls who came by the chapel. Besides these 11, we had 20 campers rededicate their lives to Jesus!

Would you also like to be a part of HIS family?  How is your heart?