Russian Children’s camp
My apologies for the lack of blog posting. The last couple of days have been busy with preparations, along with desperate resting. Tomorrow we will welcome 27 Russian children, probably between the ages of 8 and 12. It’s going to be an intense 10 days, followed by our journey back home (losing 6 hours). So we’ve taken every possible opportunity to relax and rest.
Today was also Ethan’s 6th birthday! Thanks to April’s help shopping, I was able to make Ethan’s favorite cake for him for today and we gave him a Lego set. He also received a Lego set from the Korytkowski’s and several chocolate-based gifts from our new friends! He will get a small party with friends his own age when we return, but at least we were able to celebrate today! Thank you to everyone who helped make that happen.
The other great excitement of the day was Mala’s arrival! She seems to have had good travels and we are so happy to have her with us. She’s going to be a great addition to this team.
I will try my best to keep up with posting during this camp!
I feel as if this afternoon has been the official start to the second part of this Journey Back to Poland (although the actual mid-way point was a few days ago). This afternoon Dave Hatfield arrived, bringing with him three Americans and another interpreter from Ukraine. When our friend Mala arrives Tuesday, this will complete our team for the Russian Children’s Camp, which starts Wednesday. We had a meeting this evening to get to know each other a bit and begin this next phase in prayer. Tomorrow we’ll get down to the business of organizing, orienting, and preparing. With several additions to the group and a shift of focus, it absolutely feels as if we are moving into part 2, which promises to be another great adventure serving our amazing God.
Backing up to this morning, we attended the local Christian Church. It was great to see Iwona again and get a chance to introduce her to Anna and Ethan. Andrzej and I were privileged to have been asked to join Tanya in her special music, and I knew every song that was part of worship today – so I was able to sing along in English. As I looked around the sanctuary of this small congregation, I realized that I have been able to make connections with so many of them. It may sound crazy, but it’s starting to feel like a congregation I belong to, despite the fact that it’s only the 3rd time I’ve been in the building. I felt at home there, not a stranger.
After church, we spent some time with the Korytkowski family in town, walking along the big lake, eating ice cream and visiting the castle.
Backing up even farther, and a complete subject change…. I wanted to share this video our friend (and very great supporter) Autumn shared. It is from the final connection Anna made with the VBS kids at RCC. It’s just great to see this side of it, with her, Lidia and Klara’s beautiful faces talking with all those kids from across an Ocean! Thanks so much for the video, Autumn!