Russian Children’s camp

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!

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

Ahhhh…. camp :)

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I grew up going to church camp.  I would say it was a very important part of my childhood.  In my teens, I had the privilege of being a camp counselor.  Despite the language barrier, today felt very much like I was right back at Camp Allendale as we welcomed 27 children from Kaliningrad and 3 from Lithuania.  It’s going to be good.  I’m already repeating to myself the words of Greg Smith, Camp Dean Extraordinaire, “I’m not hot, I’m not tired, and I’m here for the campers.

Ben worked on weed eating today and refinishing the ladders for the dock.  It was probably the hottest day since we’ve been here (90-something) and Ben worked up a pretty good sweat.  Meanwhile, Mala and I prepared for the first English class tomorrow in the cool of the basement. 🙂  She is going to take the younger group (8-11 year olds) and I’ll take the 12 and over group.   With the help of a bunch of people (thanks April, Jenny, Tara, Anna, and Lidia!) We assembled some English class journals that the kids can write in.

Anna, Lidia and Ben are all participating in groups since they fall in the age range.  I’ve probably said it before, but I’m so very proud of my kids and how they’ve adapted and come out of their shells.  Ethan is still pretty shy and reserved, of course, but he’s really doing pretty well.  I could tell Anna was nervous today, but she didn’t once act like she was going to back out of participating in the group or any of the activities.  She’s been so brave.

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    Tomorrow is a full schedule and I have responsibilities.  Starting with being Eve.  I need to get some rest, so I can get up early and shop for a leaf dress!