Today was the first complete day of the kids camp. The language barrier is frustrating for our team, because more than anything we want to talk to these kids, and get to know them. They really are sweet kids. There is one boy named Ionel (Lionel without the L) who is homeless, and two weeks ago his Dad was killed. He is confused and unsure of what his future holds, but when he sees someone willing to say a few words to him his eyes light up, and his entire countenance changes! These kids are in desperate need of love, and they are absorbing all of the TLC (tender loving care)that they can get from us.

It is very different to teach a camp and not a children’s program. Being with these kids 24-7 really reveals their vulnerability and how needy they are. Not only is our team studying 1 Corinthians 13, but these words from the popular 60s song has been running through my head, “all you need is love.” Being a vessel for God and being continually poured out for these kids is hard, but so rewarding! God has really opened my eyes to my own selfishness and pride as I see what these kids go through each day. “’The Lord is my portion,‘ says my soul, ‘therefore I hope in Him.” (Lam.3:24) We are still pretty healthy, eating good food, and relying on God for His strength and enthusiasm. Good food, good people, good weather. God is good, and His mercies are new every morning.

Larivedere~ Kaytra

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Kaytra directing games

Kaytra directing games

Elizabeth with some of the kids

Elizabeth with some of the kids

Lizzy and Alice helping with one of the crafts

Lizzy and Alice helping with one of the crafts

Buckey, Sally, and Joey

Buckey, Sally, and Joey

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