What’s good America? Greg here. The last couple days have been rad. Tonight Jimmy rocked the talk and from what the campers in my group said, it moved a lot of them. The relationships we’ve been able to build with the people here has been a gift. I don’t know if anyone’s told you guys but the “kids” at camp are actually all different ages between 17 and probably 35. A friend of mine named Dutu (it’s got an accent under the t so it sounds like dutzu) is kind of a small guy and he took some of my clothes that were super big on him and dressed up like a gangster and went to dinner. It was super funny. I guess you had to be there… but seriously everyone seems to be getting along really well. Tonight the guys in my small group opened up and talked about some of their past and shared some heart wrenching stories. It’s weird because we hear all these stories and think about how sad they are for a second but then forget them. It’s so much different sitting across from someone and them telling you that all they want is a mom but they don’t have one or their parents died and other things that I could never imagine. I’m not going to try to describe it too much because it’s something you can’t understand until you’re there in person, and I can’t give the emotions justice by writing them down. Just imagine not having a family, or anyone for that matter. That’s what the campers here deal with. It’s pretty heavy to hear and it’s tough mentally to process but there’s no doubt that we’ve been given an amazing gift. –Grog
Hello, Joshua here. It’s hard to continue a blog post after experiencing the soul and flavor of the Grog—so I won’t try.
This morning we met together as a leadership team with the Romanians, and discussed the daily proceedings. As part of a devotional, Jimmy shared the passage in Matthew that tells us we are the light of the world. Jimmy also elaborated by using the symbol of a mirror. In the past, it has been easy for me to skip past verses like this—an elementary feeling of “this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…” but on the trip, this simple truth has come alive. In the midst of the Romanians, we have encountered dark places without God’s love and grace. We are called to be mirrors that can only reflect light when we have a relationship with the light source—Christ. Sometimes I can get internally impatient in the English classes, or while doing group activities with the Romanians. It takes a lot to stop and think of a switched situation. The Romanians have shared their stories of a childhood without someone investing into them. Our team is blessed to be able to work with Open Roads during this trip and have God work through us to show his light. After a while as we become weary, it is reassuring to know that we have a solid foundation to draw energy from. I am excited to see where we continue to go as camp continues.
Greetings earthlings. I’ve successfully re-grown my mustache, kind of. It’s disgusting. I’m very disgusting. But nobody seems to care, so that’s nice. Master Grog has taken me under his wing and taught me several new spells, including, “expectopatronads!” I have also learned the Romanian word for toenail, “unghii” which has come in handy in many conversations about my faith. No, but seriously, I’ve learned a lot thus far from all the campers and my teammates, and am excited to discover more about God’s sovereignty as this crazy adventure continues. It’s late and I have to rest up because tomorrow we’re exploring the wilderness. I hope to find a turtle. I really like turtles. I’m out….peace.
…but I’ll be back with a serious post sometime. J Munny