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