For the Bible lesson today, the scripture passage was the story of Joseph as he reveals himself to his brothers who have not seen him for many years after they sold him into slavery in Egypt and he has this to say to them:
We talked to the children about forgiveness and how difficult it can be but how freeing and righteous it is when we trust God with the plan He has for our lives.
|Camp gets under way with a full tent to sing...|
|Then the translators share the Bible passage with costumed characters miming the action...|
|Lunch - cheese placintas today...|
|One of John's boys receives a pair of sunglasses...|
|These boys are helping each other. Boy on left has the half sheet with all verses.|
|Boys huddle at window where all verses are posted...|
|Daniel, John's translator, listens to the recitations... Yeah for our language support!!!|
|Alexei also listens as children quote memorized scripture...|
|Girls conquering John 3:16...|
|More prizes awarded...|
|Maria whom we formerly sponsored joined us today...|
|Sarah had precious little girls...|
Following lunch hour, we headed to activity rotations...
|More string action...|
|Water balloons.... Short life, however...|
|Filling the tent for a last time...|
|Singing leaders from the audience...|
And in the midst of the afternoon activities, a thought came to me. Let's have FOREVER FALLS in the final gathering and then it really will be nearly the last thing which the children will remember. And then I had another thought. Why don't I ask Sergio, the missionary pastor who lives in the home hosting the camp, if he would speak to the children following the presentation of the story. He had told me earlier in the week that he was available and willing should I want him to do something during the week. I found him, explained the story and its likeness to the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross and gave him the script so he would know the story and perhaps tie it to his comments. He readily agreed to speak to the children.
So, the children gathered. Songs were sung including HAPPY BIRTHDAY for 3 children, ADAM RACCOON AT FOREVER FALLS was projected with a translator reading the script and then Sergio spoke. I had no idea what he said. He concluded his remarks, had the children stand and turned to me to say he was going to pray. I thanked him. As he concluded, I suggested he tell the children about future things at his home which they were invited to attend. Again he spoke to the children but I did not know what he said.
Following his comments, I dismissed everyone to small groups. Children received gifts then an ice cream treat and were on their way home after many lingering hugs.
|Deanna shares the photo albums etc. with her sweet girls who loved her dearly.|
|Mark's group has their last gathering...|
|I sat across from Sergio and Veranica, the missionary couple, at the restaurant.|
There were others whose tears came as they heard this report. Veranica shared her deep joy. On the first day of our camp, we introduced John 3:16 as a theme verse for the week which I hoped many would memorize. I asked how many already had the verse memorized. One hand went up. The hand was that of Sergio and Veranica's 5 or 6 year old son. I learned tonight that Veranica has been praying that many in their community would someday be memorizing scripture.
|Team and translators....|
|Worden four... Photo tradition continues...|
Sergio will be following up with all these children. He knows that many of them may have gone home to parents that will not be happy with their decision because he was in that position as a young teen himself. He is committed to the community and will be faithful to the Lord's work there.
Tomorrow will be a fun day. Update about that after it happens.
My heart is so full of joy. I will sleep well.