ERIC MURPHY UPDATE JANUARY 2018
—Outreach Report From Montenegro
—Camp Monty XII
OUTREACH REPORT FROM MONTENEGRO
One of the ways we reach out to young people and build relationships in Montenegro is to go to public schools and community meeting halls to give our Christmas Shoebox gifts. What a great joy it is to put smiles on young faces. In fact, the picture at the top of this Update is that of a precious little girl clutching her special Christmas gift she received from one of our staff members.
This builds good will in the cities and villages in and around Niksic, Montenegro where we have been holding Camp Monty each summer since 2007. Open doors lead to open hearts. Revelation 3:20 states “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hears my voice and open the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Pray that we will be able to build on this foundation and see people open their hearts and lives to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
CAMP MONTY XII
Someone recently referred to the upcoming Camp Monty that it will be our twelfth year. Wow! Time flies! Boy, I remember how difficult it was for me to get the first Camp Monty started back in 2007. Satan was fighting us tooth and nail. My life was threatened by parents who said if I came back to the outdoor basketball complex again that they will bring an ax and kill me. It took time to build trust. Only one teenager came the first day of camp! On the second day, I was ecstatic telling my translator that we had a 100% increase in the number of campers. He dryly commented that we now have two campers. Hey, I had to look for every reason to stay positive. By the end of the week we had 32 campers with seven salvation decisions.
Last summer there were around 450 campers, maybe more. Jim Compton and his team are doing a great job as they are planning for our greatest summer camp ever—Camp Monty XII.
Want to get involved? We need more basketball coaches and help with other sports as well. We need prayer warriors and we need financial supporters. It takes significant funds to operate our Niksic LIFE Youth Center each week during the school year so we can conduct Bible studies and do follow-up on the campers. Would you kindly consider becoming a monthly supporter? No gift is too small or too large. Pray that we can raise $3850 per month in Phase One to help with these monthly expenses. Thank you for considering this.
Stephanie and I are grateful for your friendship and prayers. We could not do this mission without your help. May the Lord bless you!
Address for Donations: Life Impact For Eternity, 3984 Manatee Avenue E., Bradenton, FL 34208
ERIC MURPHY UPDATE DECEMBER 2017
--Exciting Changes at LIFE Romania
--LIFE Montenegro & Camp Monty
EXCITING CHANGES AT LIFE ROMANIA
A church planter starts a new church with the sincere hope of eventually turning it over to a national pastor whom he has trained. It is a joy for me to acknowledge that Iulian Avramescu and Life Romania is now at the stage that it can be launched to stand on its own. We see tremendous growth on the horizon for the team in Romania and pray for God to bless their endeavors to reach their country for Christ. In fact, my new book, O Mighty Warrior, is dedicated to two young men, one of whom is Iulian.
It is not the desire of Life Impact For Eternity to sever the relationship, quite the contrary. We stand ready to encourage Iulian and his team. In fact, this was our original role before the official relationship with Life Romania started in 2012. We were intimately involved from the beginning of the ministry in Romania, spending time training the camp counselors each year. And since 2008 I have been at the forefront at the youth camps in Romania as well as in the background encouraging, advising, and counseling Iulian to develop his dream. Certainly, God has blessed this relationship and will continue to bless in this new phase as LIFE Romania is being launched as an independent ministry.
The leadership in Romania is blessed with guidance, leadership, and oversight from an able Board of Directors largely based in Dallas, Texas. There is a structure and accountability in place to enable Iulian and Roxana to achieve their ministry aims and goals. The Board of Directors for Life Impact For Eternity is in good fellowship with the new Board of Directors for LIFE Romania. Hand-in-hand we commend Iulian and his staff and encourage individuals and churches to join hands in supporting this vital mission in Romania.
If you have been a contributor to Iulian’s ministry you will be contacted over the next few weeks with instructions on how to transition your giving to the new entity. May God bless this dynamic ministry as it enters into a new and exciting chapter in its existence.
LIFE MONTENEGRO & CAMP MONTY
Camp Monty started in the summer of 2007 experiencing phenomenal growth over the years. Today we have the Niksic LIFE Youth Center for the purpose of doing follow-up and discipleship for the campers who attend Camp Monty. Together, it is known as LIFE Montenegro. There is so much more in place in 2017 as compared to what was available 10+ years ago. I praise the Lord for the great things He has done!
Jim Compton, who oversees these ministries, is over there at the present time connecting with his sidekick, Danijel Petkovski. Danijel and his sweet wife, Martina, lead a ministry to college students with EUS. In addition to this, they are heavily involved with Camp Monty and lead the discipleship and Bible studies at the Niksic LIFE Youth Center. Sasa Olah, another member of the team helps with various responsibilities including a weekly soccer outreach. We are thankful for each of these incredible servants of the Lord.
What a thrill for Stephanie and me as we watch what God is doing in Romania and Montenegro as well as in Costa Rica. God is at work in each of these countries. And, God uses us in the lives of the country leaders advising, encouraging and giving ministry oversight.
Thank you for your prayers and your financial support. Thankful you are a part of the team. You know, it takes a team effort and we need your help. God bless you and Merry Christmas!
Ministry Address for Donations: Life Impact For Eternity, 3984 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida 34208
ERIC MURPHY UPDATE NOVEMBER 2017
—“Who Funds What You Do?”
—Costa Rica Plans
—Camp Monty Update
“WHO FUNDS WHAT YOU DO?”
Recently someone asked me this question trying to figure out who I am and what I am doing. The question came from an unbeliever with whom I was sharing the Good News. She listened to the story of how God loves her. As a writer she is used to researching her subject prompting her to ask me who I am, what I am doing and how long have I been doing this. When she learned that I have a long history of putting smiles on young faces explaining that God loves them, she wanted to know who sponsors me.
I thought of you. Thank you for your faithful support which allows me to share the Gospel no matter where I am—even at a writer’s conference. She was impressed that God loved her so much that He would send someone to connect with her. No, she did not make a decision for Christ … yet. But, the seed has been sown.
This conversation was held during a lunch break. To my left was a young Russian man listening carefully to every word. Brilliant mind, he is a technology expert for a large company. Speaking to the lady who is close to my age with words she could understand, I changed the rhetoric with this young guy in his late 20s using the topic of robots. Then, he made a key statement, “I suppose robots will enable us to live forever.” His eyes widened as I described how he could really live forever. Pray that God will use this witness in both of their lives. Again, thank you for making it possible for me to share God’s message.
COSTA RICA PLANS
Stephanie and I will be in Costa Rica for our upcoming youth camp. This year we might have the privilege of connecting with their parents as well. Pray for this exciting opportunity to be held January 21-25, 2018 south of San Jose, the capital. Cris Vidaechea, our director in Costa Rica, is leading this venture and I will be speaking. Can’t wait!
If you would like to help sponsor some campers please send your check to Life Impact For Eternity, 3984 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida 34208 or go to our website at www.lifeimpactforeternity.org and click on the donation button to give via PayPal. In advance, thank you for your contribution.
CAMP MONTY UPDATE
Danijel Petkovski plays an important role in all that we are doing in Montenegro, a small country next to Albania. He leads the Niksic LIFE Youth Center which reaches students in Bible studies, outreach and discipleship. During Camp Monty he is very active not just with translation ministry for the speakers, but also, helping our director, Jimmy Compton, behind the scenes. In fact, Jimmy and Danijel make a great team as they serve together. Pray for the needs of operating this important ministry throughout the year. Yes, we need more partners to help carry on the work there. If you want to give please use the address mentioned in the previous paragraph and notate your donation for which project you want to help. Thank you!
Eric Murphy, International Director www.lifeimpactforeternity.org
Life Impact For Eternity, 3984 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida 34208