Armenia Update #3

This week Michael and the team are in Armenia for a mission week followed by an evangelistic weekend away (you can see previous updates here, here and here).

Michael writes…

Thank you for your prayers so far for the events week here in Armenia.  Yesterday I spoke on ‘Has science buried God?’ – about 30 people came and listened intently.  I really felt God’s help as I spoke and we were able to naturally move beyond science to Jesus and matters of the heart.  One student who had been an atheist commented that it has answered all her questions.  Another we had met for the first time on Tuesday on the street came back and impressed by what she heard signed up for the camp. 

Today we head up to the camp for the weekend with by far the biggest group we have ever had!  There has been an unprecedented sign-up throughout the week with both Armenian and international students eager to come.  We will have over 100 students coming from Muslim, Hindu, Christian and Atheist backgrounds which makes it an incredibly exciting opportunity… but we’re also quite nervous too! 

So do please pray for the camp!  Pray…

  • that there would be no last minute barriers to anyone coming and that those who have to ask for permission will be granted it. 
  • for all the logistical challenges of getting everyone on to the right buses and putting people in the right rooms.
  • for good unity among a group from such diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds.
  • for me as I speak at each of the four sessions on identity, satisfaction, love and hope. We will look at passages in Luke 7, Mark 10, John 4 and 1 Corinthians 15. Pray that as some open the Bible for the first time that they would hear God speaking to them.
  • for the team as they lead seminars on a variety of issues on Saturday.
  • for the group leaders as they get the campers to discuss the talks after each session… that they would have wisdom and tact to open up good conversation and get to the heart of the matter.
  • for the one-to-one conversations – that we would be led to the right opportunities and use our limited time away well.
  • for people to meet Jesus and have their lives changed by him.
  • for the Christians to step up into leadership roles and grow in confidence in the gospel.
  • for energy and health for us all.

In our prayer time this morning we read from 2 Timothy 4; Paul’s charge to Timothy is very applicable to us this weekend:

Keep your head in all situations

Endure hardship

Do the work of an evangelist

Thank God for what he will do and for the lives that will be changed! 

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