Friday 25 September 2015

Fall Camp Meeting 2015

From 19th - 21st September a very special group of people gathered at Malenovice, our conference centre and hotel in the Czech Republic (which is home to views like the one pictured above!). Who are these people? They are our camp team - many of the people who serve in our fourteen countries (plus some staff based in North America), serving the camp ministry year round.

These are the people who recruit short term teams, and work with local churches, and look after interns, and the fifteen-hundred other tasks that go into organising camps in our countries. 

And these are the people I work closely with as I help support, resource and equip them. This is the one time of the year we all gather together and it's a really fun group of people! It was a joy to be all together - to debrief the summer, to rejoice in what God did through our one hundred and thirteen camps, and look ahead and plan for 2016 and beyond!

Here are some photos of our time together.

Shay introducing the camp theme and logo for 2016! We're really getting ahead of this process and it's exciting!

Friday 18 September 2015

Today I became a little more Czech!

Today I became the proud holder of a řidičský průkaz - a Czech driving licence! It's funny to think that ten years ago I got my first licence (a provisional one for learning), before I passed my test in 2006 in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.

When I passed my test I hadn't even stepped foot in the Czech Republic and it's funny to think that because of a European law I had to renew my licence here. When you become a resident of another European country you can no longer renew your licence in your country of origin!

I'm very grateful that I didn't have to re-take the test! It was a lot of random paperwork steps - including getting a copy of my licence sent to the UK for verification. So I am very grateful that it's here and I'm all official for the next ten years.

And it has me wondering where I'll be renewing this licence in 2025!