Saturday, June 27, 2009

project ukraine: day 4 // june 27

today is the day..... bring on the KIDS!!! (by kids i mean 14-19 year olds).

if i may give a short editorial at this point - i love the students/young people/teens/whatever you want to call them here in l'viv. they are different from american teens in that... they're not too "cool" to just be a kid and have fun. it's awesome. i feel bad for our students over here - the level of peer pressure,the level of needing to "keep up" with social status, and really the need to be grown up before they're grown up causes them to miss out on so much. trying to be older than you are before you've matured, in the end, will do the reverse. you end up being an adult who isn't prepared to be an adult... if that makes sense.

anyway, bring on the students!! here is the wonderment (is that a word?) of missions - any kind of missions - you usually end up being blessed more and changed more than the people you come to serve. it's been true for me the past two trips to ukraine. i have a feeling this year will be no different... if not more so.

today is a FULL day... and the next several days will be very similiar to one another. i wish - and i'm going to try and see what the possibility is - to do some live, on the spot blogging as well. or at least twitter and/or facebook. as a team, our fearless leaders, nick and krista, are trying to also figure out that option so we can hopefully blog on - keep on checking there as well.

FORGOT to tell you - at the camp, each day we have a theme for the day that affects the hobby classes, crafts, the evening fun time, etc. this part has been fun to plan...

theme for the day: American... apple pie, betsy ross, you know, the good ol' US of A

9:00 - breakfast (b.e.t.t.e.r. crack of dawn breakfast)
9:45 - team meeting #3 and prayer time
10:30 - prep time
12:00 - students arrive at the train station
12:30 - students arrive at the camp (tried to find a statue of liberty costume... thought that would be funny to have the bus pulling into the camp and there stands lady liberty. haha)
1:00 - registration (we'll be dividing kids into english class groups by levels: no absolutely no english up to "they talk better than we do")
2:30 - lunch
3:30 - information meeting, intro of leaders, schedules, rules, etc.
4:00 - free time for students (leaders get ready for first class)
5:30 - ESL introductory lesson
6:00 - sports team formation time (have no clue what this is)
7:00 - dinner
8:00 - "camp it up" evening program (bring on the band!) we're doing some fun "american" music. this time for the first time includes two different sections: a worship time and a fun, theme day time.
10:00 - students meet in age groups/snacks
11:30 - lights out!

is it too early for me to already be tired?

pray for:
- the students! you don't have to know them by name... the big Man knows....
- a servant's heart by everyone in leadership
- cohesiveness with the ukrainian team
- openness to learn the culture and the language
- overcoming cultural and language barriers
- against any type of sickness or things that could get in the way of serving these kids

what the team is reflecting on for day 4:
matthew 10:44-45
44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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