The last two days have been very busy welcoming an orienting a new short-term team and making preparations for the Ukrainian Children’s Camp, which starts tomorrow. (See the lovely picture of Dave’s Pharoah costume coming together). We were expecting them around 8 or 9, but just received word that they have already made it through the Ukrainian half of the boarder checks. If the Poland side goes smoothly, they could be here as early as 7 AM! We also received terrific news that five more children are coming at the last minute! So… I’m asking for your prayers over this week, which will begin very early for me and while you sleep! My prayer is that these children will come here and find relief from the war and things going on in their lives; feel love, hope and joy in this place, and experience God in a way that takes root in their hearts.
Ahhh… the satisfying feeling of sore muscles and tired feet! 🙂 The Savannah team that is with us this week has been charged with making new beds for the rooms in the main building. They have developed and are carrying out an organized plan to make thirty-something new beds in the 9 days they are here. We have jumped in to help as much as we can. Yesterday, today and tomorrow will largely be spent on this project through the daytime hours, but we will join the Holocaust Survivors during their meals and evening session.
I do have an important prayer request. The Ukrainian children and counselors who will be joining us for the next camp are currently in the process of getting their visas and paperwork in order to be able to travel here. There are so many refugees coming into Poland from Ukraine right now that the process is even more cumbersome than usual. We heard today that two of them were already denied visas to come. 44 more of them will be trying to get permission to enter the country today. Please pray that God will take down any barriers that would prevent someone who needs to be here from coming. He knows their hearts, minds and circumstances and we are confident that the red tape is no obstacle to an almighty God!
I finally got our photo gallery up and running to show you all that we’ve been doing. You won’t see many pictures of the dear people we are here to love and serve, though. We have been asked not to post pictures of the Holocaust Survivors to social media. If you want to see them, you’ll have to join us for an in-person presentation at some point!