First Day with the Campers

Today was our first day with the campers. The football and baseball coaches met their players; some experienced some not. English teachers met their students and determined their ability to speak and use the English language. These first meetings can be awkward and scary for both camper and teacher/coach alike.

Slowly you take your first steps and trust that everything is going to be okay. As we prepared for our trip to Hungary God reminded me often of Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”. With this in mind you take the next step, and there is eye contact; then the next step and there is a smile; then the next, laughter. The connection is made and you move on to the next thing; acceptance, a bond, and then you are well on your way. This may take a few minutes, but for some a little longer. But it happens, just like that, and you begin to understand why you are here. Why you put in all the months of effort and sacrifice; Yes, to share the gospel ( I mean it is a mission trip, right?), but it is so much more! God invites you to take a look into His heart and to see the love that He has for us all!

He is at work in ways we cannot imagine, and we get to be a part of what He is doing! Yeah, I think that sums up today pretty well.

Gail Rodgers

And So the Work Begins….

The team started off the morning with a worship service at the WOL camp, followed by orientation for the English teachers and organization of supplies for the athletic coaches. A whirlwind of activity started as the campers arrived mid-afternoon to check in and get settled. The English teachers helped with testing the campers’ skill level to place them in the appropriate classes. Campers and counselors alike were thrilled to receive the gift of the Dallas Cowboys t-shirts that we brought with us and it was fun to see the excitement on their faces. Tonight, we are preparing the lessons for tomorrow and will meet our students right after breakfast.

We are grateful for your prayers:  Clark was able to go to the airport first thing in the morning and retrieve the missing bag, which had all supplies intact!  Praise the Lord!

The theme this year is “Superheros” and the camp is filled with images from Marvel cartoons.The dining hall is especially fantastic as they painted the walls with various popular superheros.  I have included some photos so you all can see how fun it looks.  My favorite one is over the doors to the kitchen and is easily seen from every seat in the dining hall.  It is a picture of Jesus talking with four superheros, who are listening to Him intently.  The Hungarian writing above it says, translated in English,  “… and that’s how I saved the world.”

Our prayer requests for tonight/tomorrow are:   for us to adjust to the time change quickly so we can be fully present for the campers.  We pray for protection for the campers and everyone on the WOL campus.  We pray for the Holy Spirit to open hearts so that the campers can begin to grasp God’s deep love for them, and can desire a relationship with Him through Jesus. Please pray also for unity among the groups here to volunteer and for the camp staff, that we would clearly demonstrate the love of God through our actions.

Thank you for holding us up in prayer!

-Kyle Renard

Dining Hall Artwork


Chow time


Worshipping in Hungarian


Jesus teaching the good news to the Avengers

We Made It!!!!!

Well it is currently 3:51 am and I am wide awake and in the midst of being wide awake, it dawned on me “I forgot to post on the blog!!!” I am going to make this brief as I am not functioning at 100% and I’m already forgetting how to spel, so here we go:

Traveling was overall very smooth. A big thank you to Anna Russell, Glen Clark and Blake Muehlich for driving us off to DFW and for the rest of those who prayed us off from the church Friday evening. Flight from Dallas to London was without any dramatics but there was some doubt we were going to make our connecting from London to Budapest but the flight was delayed long enough that we didn’t have to sprint through the airport (remember last year?!?!). We arrived in Budapest around 6:50pm where Laci and Szandra picked us up from the airport and from there we picked up some groceries and then had some fine Hungarian cuisine at Burger King. Once we arrived at the castle I had a neat moment getting to see my dad!!! The church I attend back in Illinois has also sent a team of 10 that we get to serve alongside. It is going to be such a blessing serving with my church from back home and alongside my dad once again. We then all got into our assigned rooms and proceeded to pass out.

We do have some things we need you to pray about: 1. After we made it to the castle, we realized we had left one of our bags at the airport…Please pray that bag will be in our possession by the end of Sunday as it has important coaching equipment for the week. But on a high note, we didn’t have any of our luggage make it last year, so we are improving!! 2. We were not able to exchange money yesterday as the exchangers closed before we could get there, please pray we can get all of that and other logistics settled. 3. We were also devastated to hear about what happened in El Paso. Much to pray about. Looking to Him who is still on His throne as we pray for all involved and for Texas.

Sunday has plenty in store for us as we will attend church at the camp, go through some quick orientation and fill out some paper work before the campers start coming to register. Please also pray that the Lord uses the final hours before these youth come to prepare their hearts for all that God has in store for them this week and that we as His servant would make the most of every opportunity and always be prepared to share the hope we have in Jesus Christ. You all have played such an important role in sending us. You are all a part of this mission! We may be the 10 pair of boots on the ground but we are fueled by the prayers you lift up and spurred on by your love, encouragement and support! Love y’all and God bless