Czech Republic X-Large Mission Trip
Thanks so much for visiting our GoFundMe page!Mountain Fellowship
(a PCA congregation in Signal Mountain, TN) has twelve members who are excited to be going to the Czech Republic in early July, 2018. In the Czech Republic, we will be helping with a fantastic youth camp that is organized by Element Church
, a small evangelical Christian church in Hradec Králové. The camp has been going on for 10 years and is called "X-Large City Camp".The country and town:
Hradec Králové is a town of ~100,000 people 70 miles east of Prague.
A glimpse of X-Large City Camp:Our team:
2018 will be the third year that Mountain Fellowship will send a team to the Czech Republic (to see pictures and posts from previous years, be sure to visit our Czech Mission Trip Facebook page
). This year, the team is currently slated to consist of three families and one youth member: the Boehms, the Nelsons, the Thompsons, and Annie Payne
The Boehms (Erik, Filip, Denisa and Marylen):
The Nelsons (Richard, Karen and Lucas):
The Thompsons (Kevin, Paige, Kara and Luke):
Annie Payne:The mission:
Through the X-Large camp, Element church seeks to connect with and forge meaningful relationships with kids and families in a country where less than 20% of people profess belief in God (the lowest in all of Europe), and where faith is viewed with strong skepticism. The camp has proved to be a great path for making connections, and many students from past camps have pointed to their experience at X-Large as being the starting point in their journey to faith.
The camp itself provides a week-long experience for around 80 students from 12-20 years of age, where students engage in a single class that meets every day (eg, drama, music, sports, cooking, etc), as well as in varied seminars over a range of topics, including topics that address aspects of the Christian faith.
The camp is staffed by missions teams sent by several churches from English speaking countries (currently, all are from the US). These teams participate as staff for the camp in varied support roles ranging from operations to teaching. The volume of work is very significant, usually spanning 10-12 hours per day during the camp week, in addition to the two staging/training days. The presence of Americans/English speakers in the camp is seen as a big draw, as parents in the Czech Republic want their children to have opportunity to practice their language skills with native speakers.The needs:
We are in need of financial support and prayer for this trip, and would covet any support you can give.
The funds for this campaign will be used for travel and food expenses for twelve participants, and will contribute to the costs of this ambitious camp. For cash flow reasons, we would like to have as much of our fundraising as possible completed by the end of March, 2018.
We anticipate that we, as a team, will need $20,000 through our overall fundraising effort, including generous support of Mountain Fellowship church and some additional outside fundraising efforts. All outside fundraising will be posted as donations to the GoFundMe campaign as "offline donations," so that our overall progress can be tracked here.
We would be so thankful for your support in this important mission work!
If you’d prefer to donate by check to our church, make it to Mountain Fellowship, with a memo indicating “Czech Mission Trip” and send it to:
1238 Taft Highway, Suite 130
Signal Mountain, TN 37377
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The Mountain Fellowship Czech Republic Team