Today has been a fun, happy day. The temperature may have been as hot as yesterday but the humidity was slightly lower and a light breeze made the heat more bearable. Our opening in the gazebo got the day off to a good start. It is a delightful experience to listen to the children singing their hearts out in praise songs which must also bring pleasure to our heavenly Father. Can't say enough good things about our translator/singers as they rise to lead with broad smiles, overflowing energy and a competent readiness that gets everybody clapping and singing. Some of our team seem to be picking up the words and tunes to join in. What will heaven be like when we all understand all languages!!!
We had the Adam Raccoon power point stories translated ahead of time so those are read in Romanian and are enjoyable for the kids. We are stressing the memory verses for our lessons this year more than we have in the past and the children seem to be having fun with the learning. The translators suggested we put together some gift bags to "bribe" the kids to memorize the verses. Our team was able to pull together a variety of items which should be fun for some children to receive - along with some candy. Leaving God's word in their hearts is our goal.
Without the activity periods, the kids got into the pool and we were able to spend time with those who were awaiting their turn or weren't going in anyway. We wore our team shirts today and got our picture taken on the steps of the gazebo. It's good to have that done before our last day. We are hoping to get copies developed in order to give every child a copy for their photo album by the end of the week.
A couple of us shopped for lunch supplies before returning to the camp after lunch.
I was able to talk with the Camp Director and make some decisions for the next few days. We will take the 47 pair of sneakers and the few kid clothes we have to the camp tomorrow afternoon. We are hoping to be able to supply the 60 children from the orphanage with at least one item. Each pair of shoes will include a pair of new socks. Thanks, Trinity Baptist Church, for the abundance of socks you donoted for our trip. There are more campers than those 60 but the others are from the flooded areas of the country or are children whose parents have paid for them to have a camp experience this summer. The flood children have needs but they aren't orphans and there have been donations of needed items in the villages where they live. Those children are being gradually picked up by their parents.
Everyday is very full and busy but we're having a great time - working well together and enjoying the opportunity we're having.
Today's lesson was Abraham and Isaac - the theme was trust. Tomorrow will be Juseph with emphasis on leadership.
Time to finish my prep for tomorrow and then get some rest. I'm grateful to be here and thankful for your prayers.