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We Have Hope

Posted by Dan Bolin on OA11er @ 11:12
“The best we can hope for in this life is a knothole peek at the shining realities ahead. Yet a glimpse is enough. It’s enough to convince our hearts that whatever sufferings and sorrows currently assail us aren’t worthy of comparison to that which waits over the horizon.”  
Joni Eareckson Tada
Shattered hope is a painful reality. We all experience expectations that sail high and then come crashing down. That was the experience of the disciples of Jesus. Not just the Twelve, but also the expanding circle of Jesus’ follwers.   

Two of those discouraged, distraught and confused followers walked home to Emmaus late on Sunday afternoon. As they trudged toward home and toward hopelessness, a third traveler appeared and joined their conversation.

After recounting the events of the last 24 hours, their hopelessness emerged: “But we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.” (Luke 24:21)

Jesus’ victory over death provides both freedom from the penalty and power of sin’s deadly grasp, and hope for the future. And hope brings security, peace and joy. The two travelers returned to Jerusalem and proclaimed to the other disciples, “It is true! The Lord has risen.” (Luke 24:34)

Easter provides a season of hope. Whatever the loss, whatever the source of despair or discouragement, take heart. Jesus’ victory over sin and death 2,000 years ago, ensures that we have hope that will, one day, overwhelm whatever disappointment we face today.  

Happy Easter!   
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 Dan Bolin
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CCI-Ukraine is thanking God for the marathon of camping seminars starting next week. At least five large Leadership Development Seminars are on the horizon for Ukraine and neighboring countries. Please pray for wisdom and boldness for our instructors to teach with authority. Ask God to bless the students with eager hearts and minds to learn. Ask God to supply everything needed for successful seminars.

CCNZ asks for prayer for camps in New Zealand that are going into a busy holiday season for two weeks and also Easter Camp celebrations. Some areas have been hit by a cyclone and there has also been flooding at some sites. Please pray for good weather during this season, recovery for the areas affected by the storms, and for God to be glorified by the ministry of Christian camping in New Zealand.

The Christian Camping Community in Malaysia (CCCM) is working towards having two events this year to promote Christian camping to the Christian community in Malaysia. The first event is to promote CCCM at a Christian youth conference happening end of May. Preparations to meet-up with the organizers will happen next week. Please pray for a successful meet-up as CCCM is a new organization serving the Christian community and is currently not widely known. The other event will be to promote Christian camping to church leaders. A seminar or talk for one day is currently being planned to be held towards the end of the year. Please pray for God to provide wisdom to the committee to overcome challenges in its infancy stage to serve the large Christian community.

Please continue to pray for the West African camping movement’s Steering Committee as they mobilize and prepare for the training in Accra, Ghana from June 12-16. Praise God for several champions who have stepped forward to mobilize leaders already involved or interested in Christian camping in the West African nations of Sierra Leone and Nigeria. They hope to hold visioning events immediately before or after the Accra training.  Pray for the Lord’s leading, provision and movement as the West African team prepares for these events.

Pray for CCI-Spain:

  • Pray for the efforts of CCI/Spain in the country of Portugal.  Ask the Father to build godly relationships for His glory.
  • Pray for the new board of CCI/SPAIN as they take on their new responsibilities.  Ask God’s blessing on them and their families.

Please pray ​for ​El Monte, a Christian camp in central Mexico that may lose its property due to a contentious agrarian court decision. Although the situation appears very bleak by human standards, God is in control. Please pray for justice and new opportunities for a reversal of the current decision. Please pray for the staff to continue to trust God and for God to provide the peace, grace, strength, courage​, ​wisdom and finances needed to face this difficult challenge.

CCI-Albania (RrKK) is making plans for a conference at ERSEKA May 4-7 with Shaun Thompson speaking. The Theme is "EMBRACE THE CHALLENGE" of Christian Camping, seeing “challenge” as a positive learning and development experience. Pray for good networking, worship and Bible teaching, for a good attendance and great blessings, and for the steering group of Asim, Anila & Ann as they organize the details and invite leaders to come

CCI-Mexico asks for prayer for their north sectional conference June 2-4 in Chihuahua. This is the second year they are doing sectional conferences, and is the first one in the north of the country. They are also working in the transition from an operative board to a policy board, which includes the hiring of a new executive director and lots of work just understanding what this means. They trust God is guiding them this way, but ask for prayer for His direction in every step they take. They have also recently hired their first executive director: Shawn Inchaustegui. Please pray for him, his new role and that God would continue to guide this ministry and their new structure. 

CCSA asks for prayers for safe travelling for members during Easter holidays as well as for favor, blessing and safekeeping of an Executive member attending CCI Board Meeting during April.


CCI-Ukraine - April 21-23 - Staff Training Workshop
CCI-Ukraine - April 30 - May 2 - Staff Training Workshop
CCI-Albania - May 4-7 - Annual RrKK Conference - Erseka
CCI-Ukraine - May 6-9 - Staff Training Workshop
CCI-Latin America and CCI-Brazil - May 15-19 - Joint Convention - Iguazu Falls, Brazil
CCI-Mexico - June 2-4 - North Sectional Conference - Chihuahua
CCSA - June 6-9 - Annual Conference - Heron Bridge
CCI-West Africa - June 12-16 - Training Event -Accra Ghana
CCI-West Africa - June 17-18 - Consultation - Freetown, Sierra Leone
CCNZ - July 30 - Directors Manager Training - Pacific Park
CCNZ - July 31 - August 3 - Conference - Totara Springs Conference Center
CVA-Australia – July 31-Aug 2 – Leaders Forum 17
CCI-Netherlands - Nov 7 - Semi-Annual General Assembly
CCNZ - Nov 17 - AGM - Aucklands
CCI-Mexico - Nov 17-20 - National Conference - Tabasco
CCCA - Dec 4-7 - Annual Conference - The Broadmoor - Colorado Springs, CO
Please let us know if I have missed any important dates.
If you would like to be added to our mailing to circulate prayer requests, email dan@cciworldwide.org.Thank you for taking time to read and pray for these items. May God bless you for your support of CCI-Worldwide.  
Dan Bolin| CCI Worldwide | P.O. Box 9508 | Tyler, Texas | 75711 | 
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