|Alex is a great song leader.|
We arrived at the Mall, got our shoes and signed in as a team. We were 3 Worden gals, a translator and 3 children. When our scoreboard came up populated with all our names, we were ready to begin bowling.
|First up was Marcela - about 8 years old attempting something brand new.|
|With arms crossed and tears flowing, Marcela is NOT going to bowl!!!|
|Building confidence with coach Joanna...|
She attempts to refuse the challenge as team members surround her with encouragement. At this point, Joanna Worden steps in with an offer to "teach" her how to play. Marcela accepts the offer and walks to the line of balls with Joanna to make her choice. Joanna picks a ball for her and leads her to the lane. With both girls holding the ball, Joanna shows her how to heave it toward the pins. With those first 2 rolls, Marcela scores a "spare". What a start for a first timer.
The next 2 bowlers were 2 more
|Coach Joanna and Parascovia...|
|Coach Joanna and Olga...|
|More competent help...|
|Olga stands amazed as Joanna takes her turn.|
|Friends from the same shelter enjoying this new experience.|
|Such happy girls and so active I couldn't get a good photo.|
|A godly "hero" for 2 little girls...|
|Started with tears; ended with delight.|
|Name spelled wrong but the girl rolled the ball at 6.91 mph!!!|
|Parascovia, Linda and Olga|
|Sarah and Olga|
|Bible story time...|
|Bracelets and an explanation from Dearing...|
After our CERI programs concluded, the shelter staff told us the children had prepared a program for us which they would share on the park open theater stage.
|Reciting long poems passages...|
|And before we leave, Masha is again given royal attention and treatment - she loves it!!!|
Following our time with the Hincesti folks, we stopped at Manuc Bey Manor and had an informative and delightful tour. Manuc Bey was a very well respected resident of Hincesti, Moldova in the early 19th Century. He built a castle and a mansion in Hincesti. His son expanded his estate which was tragically burned in 1941. The community of Hincesti is restoring the mansion which opened to the public 3 years ago. We had a very knowledgeable tour guide.
|The Castle used as a museum with many family items. It was a hunting house.|
|Entrance to underground passages leading between buildings on the estate...|
|Doorway to underground passages...|
|View from balcony...|
Our team was divided into 2 groups today. The other group gave a fence at a handicapped home a base coat in preparation for final painting tomorrow. They also had a delightful afternoon.
We are thankful for many things - great weather, CERI children opening up and engaging with team mentors and opportunities to share our lives and God's love and story of salvation with them.
God is at work and prayers are being answered. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
|Another perfect rose to brighten our day.|