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I enjoyed a little time with my friend, Iwona, and her sweet littlest, Basia. Love this lady. She is beautiful inside and out and is such a good, hard-working Mom. ❤️


Making Preparations for a Big Day

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Tomorrow, we will host a 45th Anniversary Celebration of Ostróda Camp.  We’ve been busy making preparations for this big event – making sure the grounds look great, designating the roles each of us will play and practicing a special song for the grand finale.  (I promise I have been working just as hard, but no one has taken my picture to prove it!) Ben has been challenged with a special task that I think he is especially gifted to do.  He is making a new sign for the camp using the logo he designed last year!  The hope is that the new sign will be able to be up for this milestone event.

The celebration will include 4 sessions, one for each decade.  The first is the 70’s, with music and interviews of people who were major contributors to the camp during that time.  Then 80’s and 90’s and ending with the “New Millennium” and a banquet.   I have personally witnesses the impact this camp has had on hundreds of people in the five years I have had the privilege of being involved, and I know how much camp influenced me as a child and even in my college years.  I can only imagine how many lives have been changed because of this place since it was established in 1971.  I am happy to be part of the celebration of such a great ministry, and look forward to what Ostróda Camp will bring in the next 45 years.

One quick prayer request… I posted the other day that I’ve been messaging my friend Iwona, though I haven’t been able to see her in person yet.  If you’ve missed previous post about Iwona, she is a lady I met because of our shared experience of having lost a baby at birth.  I’ve been meeting and writing with her for several years.  Today she sent me a message that she is meeting with a young lady who recently lost a baby.  She asked that I pray for God to give her the right words to share.  They are actually meeting right now at the time of this post, but prayers would be wonderful anytime.  Pray for God to grow seeds that are planted and bring healing to this young lady.



Worship, Pizza & Ice Cream, Rest & Fellowship

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Today was a wonderful and much-needed day of rest and relaxation, starting with worship at the Christian Church in Ostróda.  The worship leader had a heads-up that there would be Americans there and purposefully chose songs we would probably know.  I just love being able to sing along in English as I hear the same worship lifted up in Polish and Ukrainian.  Our God understands and welcomes our worship in any language.

We had the treat of eating out at a local pizza place and then getting lody (ice cream) while we walked along the lake.  It’s so beautiful.  I always enjoy that.  I crashed when we got back to camp and took a LONG nap (apparently I was tired).

IMG_3821Even better than pizza, ice cream and a good Sunday nap… my friend Iwona came to the camp to see me and let me see her two beautiful children, Zosia and Basia.  She lost her son Staṡ at birth, and Sandy Hatfield introduced us after hearing us share about our Grace.  It has been a joy to write to her and see her once a year since then.  It is a blessing to celebrate her daughters with her, and to have been able to pray for her and encourage her through two fearful pregnancies.  She is so dear to me, and my time with her this afternoon was a joy.



We also enjoyed a puppet show put on by the kids and a movie night/sleep over.  I hope this day of rest refreshed my mind, spirit and body, because tomorrow it all gets crazy.  We have two days to finish projects and prepare for the arrival of the Ukrainian children.  Life is about to get very intense, and there will be no more breaks until we are about ready to head home.  Also, I think today marks the half way point of our mission.  😦  It always goes so fast.

Here’s what Ben has been working on… repurposing old dock boards into new dock boards.