Being the only returning student on the Romania team I thought this week would be a breeze, I knew what to expect with the schedule, the meals, and the kids. But of course as things sometimes go what you expect is not reality. One thing I expected was a different set of kids than last year, we were told that we would be watching over older children and that they would be easy to handle. I was super excited to try and have deep theological discussions with the kids here but then it turned out we had younger kids and many of them were the same from the year before. This meant less discussions and more struggle to get them to settle down and go to bed. But looking back now at the week I’m glad we got the kids we did.
One kid named Gabi who I knew from last year was an angel and the biggest help to me. He taught me a lot of Romanian phrases and would help us to settle the other kids down. Another kid named Dani who I also knew from last year gave me some rewarding experiences, he enjoys the little things like piggy back rides and just hanging out. Another fun thing was hanging out with all the translators who were here last year and meeting the new ones. Over all I had a great time and would not change a thing. And though I’m kinda sad to leave the camp tomorrow Im also excited to go to the city again and see the sights. I can’t wait for next year to come back and do it all again.
Once again, greetings from Romania. Today, once again, started with a quick staff meeting down in the dining hall followed by breakfast. We then went up to the SALA to do morning program. Amy MC’d and the kids got to make a picture frame, as well as take a polaroid to put in the frame. Only a few kids could make the frame at a time, so most of us entertained them with a special kind of paper, which has colors under a thin black film, which can then be scratched off with a toothpick to reveal the underlying colors. After that, all the kids once again did their rotations. we had sports, song/dance, and english. since we had more time and had combined 2 stations (song and Dance), each rotation was now half an hour. After that we went and had lunch, and then headed off to Superland, a half indoor amusement park, half shopping mall that had all sorts of interesting things to look at. Coming home we were running a little behind schedule, so we let the kids shower and then went right into dinner. Following dinner we went up to the SALA and had program, the message today was the woman caught in adultery, and we went right into it with a skit, followed by a message and a testimony. Julian MC’d, I gave the message, and David gave his testimony. Then the romanians led the kids in a couple more songs of worship and it was off to bed. I’m glad the kids learned that God loves them, regardless of whether or not they have sinned, and that everyone has sinned, no one is perfect. I hope our last day tomorrow is packed with more excitement, and I can’t wait to see what God has planned for us and the kids.
Today is day 3 of camp and I cannot believe it, the past few days have flown by so fast, that is because they have been filled with such joy. From games and worship in the Sala to Dracula’s castle, overall just being with the kids and bonding with them have been an amazing experience. Leaving from LAX and getting ready for the flight to Romania I became so nervous and felt like I was not going to be capable to go all this way from home and serve these kids. I had no idea what to expect. Hundreds of doubts and fears flew through my mind. When this began to happen I prayed. I prayed for strength and confidence. After I prayed I was still nervous but a calmness came upon me. After the long flight, we finally made it to Romania. The first day in Bucharest we went to the places where the kids lived to give them backpacks with clothes and shoes and toothbrushes for camp. Going to the places where they lived I felt so much compassion for them, their living circumstances were a little glimpse into the hard lives in which they live. As we handed out the backpacks they were so joyful! I have never felt so much compassion for kids that I just met. After this I became so excited for what God had in store for me and these kids at camp! Coming into this trip I did not expect to develop such a deep love for these kids. There are no words to express my compassion, love, and respect for them. Their hearts are OH so big and all they want is for somebody to love them. I am so grateful for what God is doing in my life as I serve these kids, as well as what God is doing in the lives of the kids that I am serving. Although camp is tiring and draining and I feel at times that I am not capable to handle the rest of the week, I know that I can turn to God and I can get my strength from him. Overall I cannot wait for the week and what God has in store for everyone during the rest of camp!