Finnish Youth Camp at Antaverkka - Ylojarvi, Finland - July 2010 - Raamattu Puhuu

"I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and where you vowed a vow to Me. Now arise, get out from this land and return to your native land." Gen 31.13 (Ampl.)

Jacob was at a point in his life where he tired and was worn down by the manipulation of Laban his father-in-law. The relationship with Laban he had was a relationship that he would benefit from and would be able to twist to his meet his needs. But as it always does eventually; it changed. Instead of Jacob getting what he wanted from Laban, he was slowly deceived and taken advantage of - to where his wages were changed 10 times and he became a slave to that very situation he thought would benefit him.

This is the way it goes with youth. So often they make a deal with the world with the promise that they can freely take and enjoy without price. But slowly like Jacob with Laban - they are robbed and taken advantage of till there's nothing left.

Jacob decides to leave and Laban pursues him. The world will always go after someone who decides to leave and follow the promise of God that speaks to them from an anointed pillar from an earlier meeting with God. But thank God he intervenes and meets Laban on the way and warns him. Jacob meets Laban - they part with the very God of the Promise as their border.

It's interesting to note that all through Genesis 31 that Jacob refers to God as the God of his father and ancestors. For Jacob, God was not yet a personal intimate God to him - but rather the God of his parents that he respected and feared.

But as always, God engages Jacob - God is not satisfied with a relationship that is impersonal with us. He will engage youth with a crisis to lead them to a rich communion and promise. Esau's coming to Jacob caused fear and distress for Jacob and we see Jacob pray for the first time in chapter 32. Still he addresses God in the prayer as God of his fathers. But that changes as he begins to wrestle with Jesus Christ Himself resulting in a personal relationship with the God of Abraham. Jacob's name is changed to Israel because now Jacob knows the Person of God. He begins his adventure of faith as a young man that has power with God.

So it is I think with us. Some of us grew up in this church and we too made a deal with Laban, the world, yet had a respectful relationship with the God of our parents. But that changes as we see the true colors of the world and we hear the promise of the God of our parents,"get out of this land with Laban and I will deal well with thee."

Mat Laflamme and I visited the Finnish summer camp at Antaverkka - Ylojarvi, Finland. Many of them told us that they sensed the presence of God in the meetings, worship and games and some of them got baptized at the end of the camp. At the end of the baptism we had a spontaneous time of worship and singing as you can see in this video here::

The slideshow of the camp is below. Enjoy. (Link is here:)

Delayed but Determined, Displaced yet Destined.

Reykjavik, Iceland - July 30th - 8 Degrees Celsius (45 Degrees F)

It didn't look to promising as two worried mechanics made their way to
the plane engine. It was only minutes later that they, shaking their
heads walked away from the plane we were all waiting to board.
IcelandAir flight 343 would be grounded due to "technical issues" and
we would be spending the night on this chilly island.

The inhabitants of this curious island of 300,000 people still speak
"Islenska" claimed to be so close to what the Vikings spoke
that Icelanders can read and understand the writings of Leif Erickson written
centuries ago.

Beginning to pray I asked God what he had me here for on this stark
island where the terrain reminded me of the lunar surface with tufts
of grass and moss struggling to survive on it. The crystal icy water
surging over black volcanic rock seemed to properly portray the environment of contrasts here where
seafaring Vikings once lived as they plundered the coasts of Northern
Europe.

With many sullen faces around suddenly it struck me it may not be very pleasant to talk to people about Christ here. I was about
to escape to my hotel room when I saw a teenager reading a Bible and
writing notes on a scrap of paper.

"is that a Bible? Are you a believer?" I asked. It was and as we began
to talk about grace and the finished work I understood that this was a
divinely ordained appointment. This teen was coming from Finland where
God had met them and began a work in their life after months of
straying "God sent you here" she said.

Sheep wander and can even be found in Iceland

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Helsinki, Finland: July
24-27 - Summer Conference with P.Schaller and the Finns - "Fruit that
Remains"

After not having been in Finland for 16 years it was such a blessing
to see so many still walking with God that I had known years before.
Now they had children that were in their teens and you could see the
determination in their eyes from the narrow way. We often found
ourselves surrounded by these young people and youth raps would
spontaneously start. The last night I was there I got together with 8
Finnish guys and had Finnish "Hornets" (chicken wings) - from 5.30pm
to almost midnight we rapped about the call of God. Just being with
these guys was one of the great highlights of my time there.

My last day in Finland I had the blessed opportunity to train up to
Vaasa and visit P.Tero & Riitta with their church there. Vaasa is a city of 56,000 people and 18,000 of them are international university students. It was a great blessing to see P. Tero and Riitta ministering there.

Truly fruit that remains...

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Saint Petersburg Russia
July 20-23 with P.Schaller

A group of about 100 gathered together from Uzbekistan, Finland,
Baltimore & Russia in Saint Petersburg for a summer conference titled: "All
Things are now Ready" The three days we were there were packed with the
word, fellowship, and lots of Russian. Every night was finished off in
a small kitchen area in our youth hostel with a rap with 30 Russians chowing on
everything from melons to caviar. We are truly blessed people that we
can live this life.

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July 11-19 eQuad / p.Love Ukrainian Summer Conference - L'viv

I traveled 7 hours with 12 teens and Bible college students with p.Love crammed in a small
mini-bus from Warsaw to L'viv Ukraine. There we had the
best summer conference with the Ukrainians. P.Love preached on the
riches of Grace and the pervasiveness of the anointing permeated us all.
One thing I don't think we'll forget is the Youth hostel with the 3
Igors and the "Freeze Mob" evangelism we did in the center of L'viv with no practice at all - you can see it here: (http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1204557273577)

Thanks to P. Misha and all those that worked hard during the conference to make it an amazing event.

Enjoy the slide shows below - these are only some of the photos taken: (if you cannot see them click here: /goye4th/2009/07/delayed-but-determined-displaced-yet.html)

L'viv Summer Conference w/ P.Love:


FinnCon '09 - Shots here from Missions' Night and the Youth meetings


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