mission trip

Saying Goodbye

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2013-06-27 22.01.00

It was pretty hard to keep to just teary eyes, and not a flood of tears, as we said goodbye to many people we have come to love today.  The Russian kids – knowing that we may not see them again, and wondering what God is going to do in their lives.  Tara and Jenny, who we only were just beginning to get to know, but love so much already.  Sasha, Oksana and the Korytkowski family…. I can only hold them tight and pray that God will allow us to serve together again next year – anything else is unbearable.  It will be another couple of days before we have to say goodbye to Pasha, Tanya, Debbie and Dave.  (Thankfully, we don’t have to say goodbye to Mala!)

We’re on our way back to Warsaw.  I’m riding the famous PolskiBus, which actually has free WiFi!   We will spend a day in the city before our flight home on Sunday.  Say a little prayer for our kids.  Ethan was just staring out the bus window, which isn’t like him.  I asked him if he was ok, and he said that he is sad.  He’s “just going to miss Poland so much.”  Then a few minutes later he realized that he does miss watching TV!

2013-06-27 21.37.54We thank you all for your prayers and ask that you keep right on praying as we head home.  Pray for the sadness in our hearts, pray for save travels, pray for the seeds that were planted to grow like crazy, and pray for our future service in Poland.  It boggles my mind that God would choose to involve us in this work as He has.  But just as it felt “unfinished” last year, we feel a very strong message in our hearts that this “missionary” thing is an ongoing part of our lives as servants of Christ.

Camp Is In Full Swing

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Anna working in the “Snack Shack”

“I’m not hot.  I’m not tired.  And I’m here for the campers”

“I’m not hot.  I’m not tired.  And I’m here for the campers”

Except for that last part, this was hard to repeat today.    Camp is hot, exhausting and … wonderful.  I need to get some sleep, but I wanted to post a quick update.

Today I had the privilege of teaching the main Bible Lesson, which was about God’s promises through the story of Abraham and Sarah.  I needed help this morning folding promises I printed into paper stars.  I was struggling, as was Mala who was helping me.  An eager young man named Timothy came and showed us how it’s done with his ninja paper-folding skills!

Tomorrow Ben gets to teach about blessings.  Ben also gave this morning’s staff devotion.  He shared the verse we’ve chosen for our “journeys back”, which is 1 Corinthians 2:1-5:

And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.  For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.  I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling.  My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,  so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

He spoke about how this has given him courage to do this, both from the aspect of feeling inadequate to be used by God and to know what to say – but also the difficulty of langage, cultural, religion, and generational barriers.

As I’ve been listen to the testimonies given by our team at campfire, I’ve heard a lot of mentions about fathers.

You might pray for guidance for me for the English class.  The kids are doing great and I’m going through ideas quickly.  I have the older group and they know a good deal of English.  I’m starting to worry that I will have trouble keeping it exciting, interesting and beneficial!

You can also pray for us as a family.  We’ve been away from home for 24 days now.  We’re tired and the schedule has gotten much more intense.  We’re not getting much time together as a family, and our little space (though we are so grateful to have it) is unkept and I’m pretty sure it is shrinking.  There are so very many good things, and we are glad we chose to stay for this duration, but we could use your prayers to keep us going!

Tonight was a Shabbat celebration, so make room for the dancing!