Today was another busy day. I felt like Ben and I both accomplished lots of important tasks….
- I met with Andrzej to go over our drafts for the public service announcement recording.
- The whole family attended the morning session with the Holocaust group (no translation, though… I have no idea what it was about)
- Andrzej and I went to the studio and then to the city hall to record a TV spot… yes, that’s TV… for the Embracing Grace event. I guess radio is Friday. I’m pretty sure I was terrible, but God promises to work good through all circumstances for those who love Him, right?
- Ben mowed the volleyball area and wrestled with the uncooperative weedeater.
- I sent image files to the ladies that are coordinating the Embracing Grace event so they could work on the publications.
- Ben went to the computer store with Andrzej for an adapter for our computer and stuff to fix the WiFi
- I wrote the introduction to my talk.
- Ben fixed the basement WiFi.
- I test Skyped with Ronna to make sure everything was good-to-go for Anna’s live feed from the mission field for VBS (it was great… so excited about this!)
- Ben fixed the upstairs WiFi.
- We welcomed the interpreters from Ukraine, two of whom were with us last year, and introduced them to the kids.
- I made a bracelet and gave three away (more on that in a moment).
- Ben had a good talk with Max, the leader of this group from Israel, who says that he is glad we are here with the group. This is good to know.
- We attended the evening session and got the first dose of Jewish dance! Check out the video clips below. Sadly, I messed something up and only got 1 of the 100 circles Ethan was running to the music. His participation from the back of the room drew quite a bit of attention from the Israeli’s. Fortunately, he was not aware of this!
I mentioned Erika yesterday. I got a chance to talk to her today. She did not remember me, but it turned out to be perfect that she didn’t. I told her that I met her last year, and she had told me about her eyes. I asked how her eyes were doing. She told me about the pain and that they aren’t really any better, but she may have a new doctor she can visit when she returns to Israel. She said, “You remember about this?” I said yes, and that I had been praying for her for the last year. She was very grateful (and a bit shocked, I think). I told her I also remembered that she liked pink and that I had a gift for her. She gasped as I pulled a pink and grey bracelet from my pocket and said “I do love pink, and it is beautiful!” She went on and on for several minutes as I put it on her and adjusted the size a bit. She said she will always pray for me now. Awesome moment. It is so amazing how God makes them happen.
Tomorrow we will travel with the guests to the concentration camp at Stutthof. This is the same trip we made with them last year, but hopefully I will hold it together a little better this time! The kids are staying with April at the camp (thanks, April!) We feel this more than they should be exposed to at their age. I’m not sure if an interpreter is going with us or not, so conversation may be very limited, but we want to be with them as they walk down this road of horrible memories.