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Day 2

This morning we woke up and discussed our daily devotional and some of the plans involving today’s activities.  One of the John’s is feeling a bit ‘under–the-weather’.  Probably some function of lack of sleep, physical exhaustion, and changes in the environment.  The kids do have a seemingly endless supply of energy and can tend cling to you at times.  It was noted that there seems to more girls at this camp than boys—and we (as a team) are weighted more so with males and than females. No worries—today we are beginning with crafts.

Soon after our team gathered for our morning discussion (daily devotional) I noticed 11 boys gathered near the door we typically line up for before our meals. Perhaps some of them were a little more hungry than normal given the rigorous game of basketball the night before.  So, we made our way to the entrance where we normally line up in two (mixed) teams to ‘face’ the customary trivial pursuit like questions were required to answer to gain entrance.  Today breakfast consisted of chicken and macaroni (without cheese)—bread and killbasa.  The food is good.   

For crafts we met in a room inside the orphanage and warmed up with some Simon Say’s led by some of the children.  That was followed up with charades.  I was impressed with how quickly these kids guessed the answers to the charades questions.  It seemed that everyone participated—even the older kids and the staff.  Following these ‘games’ Robin Fall was called to the front of the room to share his testimony—about how God has been an influence in his life.  He also shared with the kids about his one of his favorite books in The Bible—Job.  It was nice—I think the kids and staff enjoyed his testimony and he did a remarkable job (no pun intended) of keeping it simple.  I think they really appreciated him sharing about his personal life—they were all very attentive during this time.

     Following the testimony there the kids become involved in any one of a number of craft options which included the constructing (and/or repairing) balsa wood planes, weaving lanyards, making shapes using plastic bead like materials and an iron, and assembling collages.  Personally, I though it was nice to see the kids change gears (especially) the boys from more physically focused activities to those that required imagination and creativity.  Each of these kids is special.  Most of the boys seemed to prefer the balsa wood planes—so as soon as they were constructed they were in the hallways and trees--either launching or retrieving their creations.  The kids cam back to repair their planes and offered each other help with their artistic endeavors.  That type of interaction served to break down barriers and allowed us to grow closer to one and other—definitely inline with the message of our daily devotional—Love.