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!
“Buna!” Which is hello in Romanian I’m David and today I’m writing the blog! Today is my third day in Romania and second day at the camp. Today all of the leaders met downstairs in the diner to do a quick devotion and give everyone there a chance to speak openly about something that was on their heart. After the devotion today all of the kids were up filled with energy from a good nights rest and were craving breakfast. We all had a very good breakfast and then headed up to the conference room to have the morning program. That morning Katie was the MC, basically telling the kids what was going to happen during the program. We played a few games and then started singing worship songs, which are in Romanian so it can make it a little more different for our team who doesn’t understand Romanian. But it was easy to get the general idea of the worship songs. After that our team did some fun skits where we made our theme sports based. Then we brought all of the kids together to have a craft time. The kids all made some kind of paper plate animal. They were all very happy to have made their own animal. Next thing in the day we had stations where our team split up and then ran our own station. We had English, Music, Dance, and Sports. Every group of kids went to each one for twenty minutes. After stations we quickly ate lunch to go on a field trip to Bran Castle aka Dracula’s Castle there we got to explore the castle and all the shops around it. The kids were very intrigued by the castle, it was very large and was beautiful but also a little spooky. Once we returned from the castle we had free time and dinner. The last thing we had to do for the day was the night program. We had Reagan MC and lead the kids through a game. We then did a skit on the bible story “Jesus Feeding the Five Thousand”. Julian followed this by giving a message on this story and Amy gave her testimony. We were all very happy that the children got to learn about how God will provide for them no matter what and that he always loves them. I thought that today overall was very good for me and the team as we all bonded with the kids and got to know them better, I am looking forward to tomorrow and the days to come!