My apologies for not posting yesterday. It amazes me how many are actually reading these and are disappointed when I miss a day. Thank you. It’s encouraging.
I didn’t get to participate much in yesterday’s church service. The local congregation came to Ostroda Camp and joined the 60-something guests that were already here for a service in the chapel. This put the little building at more than capacity, so the moms and kids were outside the chapel in the yard. So I couldn’t hear or see much (not that I would have understood it anyway!) I did get to sing along with a couple of hymns I recognized, adding my English words to the beautiful Polish. I love that.
After the main service, the crowd moved to the lake where we witnessed and celebrated 8 baptisms. I saw one of the ladies before the service and knew she was one who would be baptized that day by the long white gown she was wearing. Another good sign was her abounding joy! She could hardly contain herself and was going arounds saying good morning to everyone, including me, with hugs and smiles. After the baptisms, we had a cookout complete with kielbasa (yum) and some great desserts (yum, yum). I tried, but didn’t do so well with the spicy cabbage stuff.
The “Holiday With The Bible” guests left yesterday. This was a group of retirees from Poland, sponsored by Impact Europe. We didn’t get to be involved with this group since we arrived after their camp was underway and Ben was gone the rest of it, but this is the group that Ben participated in on his first trip to Poland in 2009. We now have a couple of days to prepare the camp for the Holocaust survivors who will arrive Tuesday evening. So today is laundry, cleaning, grounds keeping and bed-making!