Camp Week 2/ Day 3! Rain ALLLLL day!

Hi everyone!

My name is Shannon and I am so excited to be in Romania for the first time! I have been anticipating the trip for months, so it’s awesome to be here.

It was another action packed day at camp! This was the third day at camp, and the kids are loving it. We started the day out by playing the sheet game. In this game, two kids are standing on opposite sides of the sheet. When the sheet is dropped, the kids guess the name of the other person behind the sheet. After the game, we lots of songs and got ready for the bible story skit.

Our skit today was Jonah. Through the skit, we described Jonah’s journey of disobeying God’s command to go to Nineveh. Jonah, played by Reed, was thrown off the boat during a storm and swallowed by a whale (Grant). After being spit up by the whale, Jonah went to Nineveh and the Ninevites eventually repented. Through this skit we showed the importance of listening to God and that God loves and forgives us.

After, the kids got to make polaroid frames made out of popsicle sticks and a picture of them. The decorated them with markets, pom pom balls, and feathers. Before lunch, we did another round of workshops consisting of dance, English, music, and games.

There was originally a water fight planned for today, but it rained most of the day so we had to reschedule activities in order to stay inside. In place of the water fight, we all watched the movie Moana. The kids enjoyed the movie while the leaders enjoyed napping on the floor next to them.

For night program performed a silly cow tipping skit which made all the kids laugh! After the skit we did more music and then Reagan shared his testimony. We met with our small groups. We talked about the day and what they learned through the Jonah skit and Reagan’s testimony.

It’s crazy to think this was already our third day of camp, it is going by so quickly! I have loved every minute of singing, playing games, being silly, and hugging the kids! Thank you for your prays and keeping up with camp!

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Showing Them The Ropes (Camp! Week 2 Day 2!)

Complete guest blog by team leader, Matt, because I am exhausted and he is a great writer who wrote for me even though I was too tired to blog, THANKS MATT!! Happy Sunday everyone- goodnight from stormy Predeal, Romania! looooove, camilla!

 

Today we spent our first full day with the kids at camp, and it could not have been crazier, more unpredictable, or fun. Our team had a skit on Noah planned as today’s major theme, in which we acted out Noah’s journey building the ark and staying faithful to God despite questioning and ridicule from others. We wanted to convey that theme of listening and trusting God, even when life becomes crazy and you find yourself building a gigantic ark. The kids enjoyed the skit, especially the parts when we squirted water on them when it was “raining”. Next, our craft for the day involved decorating prayer journals that we gave to the kids, the hope being these kids can potentially use these to write their prayers/hopes/struggles/dreams out on paper. After the Noah skit and craft, we began stations, breaking the kids up into four separate groups. They cycled through stations teaching ballet, english, worship songs, and playing games/sports (All of these kids are very very good soccer players. We are finding out the hard way).

After the stations and lunch, the highlight of the day came: ropes course. We packed the kids up into the bus and headed down the road a few miles to a facility that featured a ton of fun activities. From a tube run to a ropes course and trampolines in between, the kids spent hours playing and having fun on the mini field trip. Our team had an especially fun time going down the tube run with the kids.

Our schedule after ropes course became a little more hectic and the original plan went out the window with a special thanks to abnormally high traffic to and from the course. We had originally planned free time after we got back, but the traffic shortened our timing on everything, putting us in a frantic situation for the rest of the evening. The team persevered, despite crying kids who wanted to run around and act crazy rather than sit still for a night program. Ashley gave her testimony amidst the flurry of activity, and that spurred on what seemed like a rich and lively discussion with the kids for the Romanian leaders. I personally was glad to see that, because ultimately it’s those leaders who follow up with the kids and build that relationship after we travel home.

Overall, today was a success, but not without its bumps and bruises along the way. Everyone, including myself and the Romanian team, is exhausted, while the kids just seem to increase in energy and stamina. My prayer request, for both myself and the team, is that God provides energy and perseverance that matches these kids. Wherever which way their minds go, let us be there with them, forging relationships and leaving lasting impressions that have them asking questions about God and His love. I pray that we continue to show these kids the ropes (pun absolutely intended), and that God will work through us continually. I am so unbelievably proud of everyone, and it has been wonderful to see their passion for these kids grow at every turn, no matter what they throw at us.

PICTURESSSSS:

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RHCC High School Team has ARRIVED!/Backpack giveaway/Camp Week 2 Day 1!

Hi everyone!!!

Sorry it’s been so long since the last update. To say I have been busy is quite the understatement. The few days between the college team leaving and the high school team arriving were jam packed with preparation for team and camp number 2, and preparing for my trip to America. I also took a few of these wonderful ladies to dinner as a huge THANK YOU.  Without their support and networking and connections, most of the camp kits wouldn’t have been donated. IMG_6886

Fast forward to Thursday when the team arrived in almost 95 degree heat at midnight. Here they are after almost 24 hours of travel! So many familiar faces from last year!

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The team went home and went straight to bed and we met up in the morning for a full day of activities. Here is the first guest blogger for the week, Ashley, explaining a little more about our Friday!

Hi everybody! I’m Ashley Lucas! I just graduated from Palos Verdes High School and I’m 17 years old. This is my second year on the Romania team and I loved last years camp so much I had to come back! We started our long journey Wednesday night at LAX and finally met up with Camilla early Friday morning! After taking a (not so) quick nap, we had a traditional, home cooked Romania lunch then discussed our plans for the upcoming week. We planed out the games/crafts we will do with the kids and practiced our skits and testimonies. Then after dinner, we delivered backpacks filled with new clothes, shoes, and hats to each of the kids we will be taking to camp! We went to three different communities and passed out the new supplies just in time for them to wear their new clothes on the bus tomorrow morning. Seeing where these kids live was hard but made all of us so excited to spend the week sharing God’s love with these wonderfully made kids! I can not wait for this next week and I pray that we are able to make a difference in each of these kids lives!

 

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SATURDAYYYYY: Camp Day 1!

 

Hi Mom and everyone else reading this. I’m Reed and this is my second time coming to Romania. I’ve been so excited to come and I am incredibly happy to be here.

Today was our first day at camp and we started early. We had to be ready at 7:45 but don’t worry, and Grant woke us up at 6:15. I was ready by 6:25. But I’m not bitter that I could have had an extra hour of sleep. I’m not. I’m really not.

We got to camp in the afternoon and ate lunch, then had afternoon program. We played some games with the kids for a while and they all made t-shirts. I took a short nap that happened to run into the start of dinner. And the middle of dinner. I made an appearance at the end, though, and that’s what counts.

We just had night program and Abby shared her testimony and we sang great songs with the kids. We met with our groups and got to know each other. I’m genuinely happy to be here and I hope I provided a glimpse into what we’re doing.

Thanks. Love you.

 

So much fun packed into one day- I am about to pass out but thought I would update you on how amazing this week is going already!

thanks for thinking and praying for us! check back tomorrow for pictures and an update!

Camilla