Friday, June 26, 2009

project ukraine: day 3 // june 26

well... hopefully, we were all smart and looked ahead at what time we have to catch the train today to head to the Carpathian Mountains and the camp. good lord. are ukrainians haters of night people? holy cow.

leaving hostel at 6:20 (that would be A.M.) to head to the train station.

train departs l'viv heading to mukachevo at 7:10 (once again, A.M.). this is a 5 hour train ride... although going to be adventurous, loud and fun... as well as scenic and beautiful... don't be picturing amtrac with the drink cart and the individual cars. this is not the movie "french kiss" and i am not meg ryan. however, with the team we have going - it's bound to be very memorable and will probably fly by.

we will arrive at mukachevo at 12:00 PM, and then by bus will head to the camp... appropriately called "mukachevo camp." no confusion there.

the students coming to the camp won't be arriving until tomorrow so we'll be getting settled at the camp, having lunch, familiarizing ourselves and the ukrainian team with how the camp will be set up and all.

we'll have technically our first official "team meeting" with all of us there at the camp. get things squared away head to downtown mukachevo (i'm thinking the downtown of this town that i have never heard of is probably somewhat small) to eat dinner, pick the sound system up from a local church there, and then head back. it's always an unknown adventure when picking up equipment... some things really do get lost in translation. coordinating stuff like that with the plug and voltage differences gets really interesting and creative.

we'll end the evening with our second team meeting concluding with team devotions... though technically, you guys have been "devoting" for us this whole time. :)

after that, i don't about the rest of the team, but i'm going to bed as quickly as possible. once all the students arrive tomorrow, sleep runs away screaming at the top of its lungs. eh eh eh

side note: so far, weather reports have things listed as 75 during the day and 50s in the evening. gonna have some rain to deal with, but good grief.... you mean, no 100 degree weather with 200% humidity? i'll take it.

pray for:
- selfish prayer request: please pray that all the equipment we are bringing and we are getting from them all works together. there's no running to radio shack here.
- that everyone is successfully getting adjusted to the time change
- health overall for the team, being in a new culture with new surroundings, food, etc.
- safe travel to the camp (plus, no motion sickness on the train or bus)
- flexibility as team roles are fleshed out even more
- adjusting to camp life and surroundings (which are beautiful by the way!)

what the team is reflecting on for day 3:
acts 2:42-47
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

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