It's been a week and a half since camp ended. Most of the students I work with are off on family vacations or are at other camps. It is quiet in the city where I live. So much has happened. I'm still thinking and reminiscing about it. Many of you know about my struggle and heart break with Lukáš, how he ditched me so many times when trying to get him into Teen Challenge, or when he'd show up at my door step drunk or high. At camp he trusted Christ. He has never been loved the way he was loved there. He's never experienced a community where he was completely accepted. When we were saying goodbye at the train station to our American team from Friendship Church he started sobbing. I've never seen him cry before. He couldn't contain himself. A few days after camp he told me he was going to Teen Challenge. I'd heard that before, but this felt different. Sure enough he showed up at my front door ready to go. He told me he wanted one more cigarette before leaving. He would be back in 5 minutes. My heart sank. This is how he ditched me the last time. We prayed. 5 minutes later my door bell rang. Lukáš stood before me with a big grin and the lingering smell of cigarette smoke. We promptly began our 2-hour drive. When we arrived at Teen Challenge Lukáš began with an orientation meeting. 30 minutes later I had to leave. Lukáš had a depressed look of shock on his face. "So many rules, Greg!" We talked about it and I was on my way. Victory, so I thought. Our whole youth group was praying for him. That was Thursday. Saturday I got a call from Teen Challenge. It was Lukáš. He told me that he couldn't make it 18 months without cigarettes (and a few other things I think) and was leaving for Tábor. I'd see him sometime that day. As my heart sank one more time I reminded him that it was Teen Challenge or nothing. He couldn't stay with me. He said he would figure it out. I hung up and prayed. About an hour later I got a text message from him. He was in a town near Teen Challenge and had changed his mind. After calling three friends for help and hearing "no" from each he finally realized that Teen Challenge was his only option. He then called me and told me through tears of how he thought of me as a father and he was going to make it through all 18 months of the program. Lukáš is a new boy. He is a boy making steps to genuine manhood. I saw him again on Tuesday. He had a completely different demeanor. He showed me verses in his Bible. We talked about spiritual things that he brought up. He talked about making it through the program. I'm not allowed to visit him at all for the first three months of the program, so I will need prayer as well. Please keep praying for Lukáš. This is only the beginning of another journey for him.