Jimmy here. Thanks for stopping by the blog for a little update on how things are going over here. I want to commence this address by saying THANK YOU for all your support before this trip even left. Some of you have been parents of the amazing members of this team, and what incredible people you have raised. Some of you are alumni of this trip and have had influence in the lives of Romanians who were campers years ago and are now leading at this camp. Many of you have supported the trip financially, and your generosity is, besides the will of God, the main reason we were able to make it over here and do what we are doing. And all of you who have been praying for us since the beginning and now are appreciated so much. We feel loved and encouraged by the Father’s Spirit. Keep the love coming.
On to the update. We learned early on that while we thought we were leaving for camp on Monday, we are now going on Sunday (returning Friday). This means we have had to really hit the ground running when it comes to planning, and we have accomplished a lot so far. We still have a lot to do tomorrow, but everything is and will be coming together in a sweet way. Alongside the Romanian leaders, we have come up with tons of games, skits, songs, dramas, talks, and more so that the campers, who grew up in the orphanages, will experience love, grace, and community in the way we were made to experience it.
We got a little flavor of camp tonight at Romanescu Park. We met a bunch of the campers and played games together. We shared laughs and started to break down some of the barriers. We played a game called “WA! WA! WEE!” which was quite hilarious. Then we played a similar game called “Viking!” which was raucous yelling mixed with laughter. You can witness these two scenes to figure out these games:
[Due to not having time to upload peoples cameras, these are the only ones I could find on facebook. We will load more pictures soon].
Except there is this picture too:
I think this picture says a lot about why we are here. We are here for God to teach ALL of us that despite where we live, despite how we grew up, despite our circumstances, despite our different struggles, and despite our different joys, we are at the very heart of our being
Children of God.
And that makes us family, brothers and sisters united through Jesus’ work on the cross.
The theme for our camp will be, “Who I am.” We will discover the lies we believe about who we think we are and who others say we are. We will look at our true identity as God sees us. We will reflect on the Gospel story and the reason we can have confidence that we are loved and accepted by our Father. And we will celebrate the fact that we are
This is a powerful message. I hope the campers, and our team as well, can come to realize and experience the radical love and grace of the Father in a truly profound and life-changing way.