Stories of Camp Come to a Close… until Next Year

I’ve written all that I can remember about camp this year. Our team has shared the things that touched us, whether those were stories of how God worked in our lives and on our hearts, or how He used us to minister to the kids in Moldova.

I find myself yearning to return and missing my new home. It felt good to be walking the streets of Cahul again, even though it was only for a few short hours. Lord willing, we will be back again next year for camp.

My family and I plan to return to Moldova early in June 2013 and stay for the summer. We are excited about what God has planned for us during this next trip, and excited about who God is working on right now to potentially join us on this mission!

Praise God. Thank you for reading these stories, and I pray that they have enriched you, made you chuckle, but foremost, that they have shown you the awesome God we serve. If you do not know Jesus as your Savior, repent, believe, and call upon the name of the Lord!

Repent –> acknowledge before God your sin and ask Him to come into your life and forgive you of that sin.

Believe –> believe that Jesus is God and that He died for your sins, that Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried, but He rose again on the third day, and now sits in Heaven with God the Father. Confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead.

Call upon the name of the Lord –> call out to Jesus and ask Him to save you.

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
(Romans 10:9-13 ESV)

Chris

Womens Self-Defense

Guest Post from Tina

The “Strong Princesses” (ages ranging from 10 – 17 years old)  became stronger and more confident as they learned self-defense. Their instructors Fred and Tina Maddocks focused on teaching the girls how to defend themselves by attacking the offenders balance and sight. As you can see by the pictures they learned quickly and enjoyed defending against Fred Sr.’s attacks. Even the littlest of ladies took him on and did well.

He would grab them in a head lock and they went right for the face and eyes and took him off balance.


One of the leaders was also involved but she was well equipped with teeth and bit Fred Sr.’s ribs prior to demonstrating the defense technique.

 


 

 

They also learned about
crucial target areas.


God Changed MY Life in Moldova

Normally people go on Missions Trips to minister to other people, to share the love of Jesus, to preach and share the gospel. I went to Moldova for the first time three years ago and God changed me. If I was a believer at that time, I was getting in by the skin of my teeth. I didn’t have a love for the Lord and the mission He has for us here on earth. I didn’t have a yearning to study His Word, to be a part of His church, to submit my life to Him.

All of these things became crystal clear for me that first year in Moldova. I realized I was preaching what I did not do. I was talking the talk, but not walking the walk. Something had to give, and it was me. I prayed that God would change me, that He would give me a love for Him like I had never known.

I stepped off the airplane and walked into arrivals, and Deb looked at me and said I looked different. God had changed me, and he used Moldova and the kids at camp to do it. This is why I am drawn to return to Moldova, and I am drawn to preach and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Praise God for His grace and His mercy that He extends.

I yearn to preach, to teach, and to share Jesus…… I now study at Shepherds Theological Seminary, preparing myself for the ministry that God has for the rest of my life. Lord willing, I will never waste my life again on the things that are not important.

I’m not afraid to admit that while sharing the message in the picture below this year, I cried because of what God did for me. Jesus Christ came to earth, lived a perfect live, and was crucified and died as the innocent God-man. He is resurrected and ascended into Heaven, and will one day come again as judge. And for the first time in my life this year, that news shook me to the core. That God would do this to take away my sin. It was crushing, but relieving at the same time. The weight of my sin is lifted from me through the precious blood of Jesus Christ.

I borrowed this illustration from a wise Pastor who attends Redeemer. It’s funny sometimes how the Holy Spirit works, because I had an entirely different message written on a piece of paper to deliver. But as I was sitting there, I knew this was what God had for the kids that morning. I walked to the front and dragged a table over from the side without saying a word. I started to write on two pieces of paper. The kids sitting at the morning worship grew quiet, until there was silence. On the first paper, I wrote Chris Pacat. Pacat is the Romanian word for sin. On that page I illustrated all my sins, a long list which is never ending. On the other page I wrote Isus Pacat, or Jesus sin. That page was blank.  I taped the pieces of paper up on the wall, and I explained to the kids that the one list was my long list of sin, and the other was blank, because Jesus is without sin. I then explained that when Jesus died for me, he crossed my name off the paper and wrote His name. He took my sin upon Himself. He crossed His name off His paper and wrote mine in, allowing me to take on His righteousness. At this point I could not hold back the tears, but that was okay. I read John 3:16, which Natalie translated into Romanian, and then I walked out of the service.

What is Courage?

Guest Post from Tina

The champion of our real life David and Goliath story (Igor) tested in Tae Kwon Do on the Saturday of camp. At one point prior to the test; he was VERY afraid and started to cry. All the comfort his sister could give him did not ease his fear. Fred Jr. saw him at the table and encouraged him by telling
Igor his story. Fred then pounded on the table and told Igor to do the same saying, “I AM READY!!!” Igor was hesitant at first but then started to pound the table harder and speak louder until the tears went away and Igor’s jaw was set. He WAS ready!!! And ready he was. Igor was focused, strong and did a great job on his test. Although it was hot and the sun shined hard on him, he did all that was asked of him and did it well. Igor passed his test. He is an example of true Tae Kwon Do spirit and perseverance.

Gospel Tracts to India

Guest post from Fred and Tina Maddocks — both Fred and Tina are ministry partners with us in the work the Lord is doing in Moldova; this post describes another ministry the Lord is working through them.

Hi All,

This letter is a response to a request we had as to what we are up to lately, especially in India. It has been on my heart that I have not done enough to fulfill the commission to “preach to every living creature” in Mark 16. Since I felt called in my heart to India, we are starting a tract distribution network. It will eventually place 5 million chick tracts on the ground in southern India. I believe that time is short. We have prayed for great revival in India and feel that we have God’s favor for this work. It has two stipulations.

One: That all tracts be placed where they can be found, not handed out. (No one is to get credit but God)

Two: That there be no advertising on the back of the tracts. (The Gospel is not for advertising churches; Churches are for advertising the Gospel)

We will be there in Sep. 2012. The stage we are working on now is finding enough people to work with those stipulations. Please continue to pray for this endeavor. There are between 1.3 and 1.4 billion people in India. Only 5.6% claim Christianity. What haunts me, as always, are these two phrases,

    “Wailing and gnashing of teeth”
    “Time is short”

That is what we are doing; God speed in all your endeavors, let us know how we can pray for you.

Sincerely Fred Maddocks

Caity’s Moldova Videos

Guest Post by John

In case you have not seen via Facebook – here are some Youtube links to a video that Caity has produced on our incredible trip to Moldova in July.  It is in 3 parts (about 15 minutes each).  We witnessed some amazing things and established wonderful relationships/bonds with the team members and of course the people in Moldova who blessed all of us tremendously….God is good!

Videos 1 and 2 introduce the team and the camp/kids

Video 3 is the last night of camp, giving out certificates and t-shirts. Saying goodbye & showing off some sharpie tattoos. Going to church in Cahul, Moldova and then off to the city martial arts demonstration to give testimonies and hand out tracks.   We were also able to see the land and buildings and plans for the future campground/ministry….and sadly, heading home to the USA after such a great experience.

Serge, King Arthur, Hollywood, and Catalin

I love all the kids I get to meet at camp. At the end of the week, it is difficult to get into the bus, knowing that we may not see some of these kids ever again.

There were 139 kids at camp this year. I try my best to meet as many as possible and remember all the names, but I never succeed. A few kids always stick with me after I get back from a trip.

This year it was Serge, King Arthur, Hollywood, and Catalin. Did I mention we sometimes assign nicknames to kids? It helps to remember them and there is always a story behind a nickname.

King Arthur is in the green shirt and blue checkered shorts. Hollywood is in the left bottom corner.

Serge is this guy’s real name. He is a good natured kid who was in my Bible Study group for this year. He spoke decent English, enough to carry on a conversation and is always up for a good joke, usually being played on someone else!

Serge

“King Arthur”, real name Arthur, is from Moldova but lives most of the year in Ireland with his parents. He speaks perfect English (with an Irish accent) and Romanian. He was always on the look out for some candy and was a great translator for us in many different occasions.

King Arthur

“Hollywood” earned his nickname for two reasons. This kid has the deepest blue eyes and looks like a movie star, so hence Hollywood was born. Last year he would run up to the older girls, pinch them on the ear, and then run. They would catch him and give him a good scolding, then he would do it all over again.

Hollywood

Catalin doesn’t speak any English but still would hang around us all day long. He was always on the lookout for candy and wanted us to play with him as much as possible. He knew all our names. He came to the Outreach event in Cahul and brought his mom. He wanted to take pictures with each of us with his mom.

Catalin

Every kid at camp has a story. It’s amazing that God let’s us travel to Moldova to get to know these kids. I wish I could bring them all back home with me. The next best thing is for me to go back there to them. Lord willing, that is coming soon……

Bibles at Camp

In a camp that once taught communism to children the Word of God was given to and received by the students of the camp. During the first worship service over 100 Bibles were unwrapped and given out to the campers.

2 Timotei 3:16-17

Toată Scriptura este însuflată de Dumnezeu şi de folos ca să înveţe, să mustre, să îndrepte, să dea înţelepciune în neprihănire, pentruca omul lui Dumnezeu să fie desăvîrşit şi cu totul destoinic pentru orice lucrare bună.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Daniel and Randy

Deb, John, Chris, Randy

Deb and John

Fred Jr. in front, Tina on the left and John on the right

Throughout the week campers were able to read from their own Bibles during worship services and throughout the morning’s Bible study. It was awesome to see them reading God’s Word openly and freely. 

Just Ordinary People

Guest post by Fred Jr.

When the ordinary meets the divine: a shepherd boy and 1 small stone kills a
giant, 5 loaves and 2 fish can feed a multitude, and just plain dirt opens
blind eyes. July 2012 ten ordinary people empowered with the presence of God
spread His love throughout the hearts of 160 campers. Love abounded at this
camp.

TKD Demo In Cahul

This year we were able to host a time of Tae Kwon Do demonstration and testimonies in downtown Cahul. Our team left camp (at the same time as the kids) on Sunday morning and made the 2+ hour drive to Cahul for church. After church we hung around in the building and rested for a few hours. 
We then made our way into the streets of Cahul to pass out and leave behind Chick tracts. Some tracts we gave directly to people, others we left on benches, in front of stores, or just on the ground in random places. We know that our mission is to deliver the message. God will use these tracts as He see’s fit, calling someone to pick one up off the ground if that’s what He chooses to do!
Around 6:00 PM the demonstration began. Nicolae’s black belts, leaders, and a collection of green belts performed different demonstration activities. Fred Jr. and Randy did their own custom demo with forms and a self-defense exhibition.
Mixed in between different demonstrations, Fred Jr., Fred Sr., Nicolae, and I each shared a testimony about how God is at work in our lives or our story for how God called us to Himself. I shared about God’s love, and the love that God has instilled in my family to serve in Moldova. Fred Sr. spoke of the way God used anger in his past to convert him, and Fred Jr. spoke of the fear he experienced and how God used that fear to change him.

Many of Nicolae’s black belts were flying through the air breaking boards. The crowd was cheering and the gospel was preached and shared!