Thursday, July 2, 2009

project ukraine: day 9 // july 2

it's gonna get harder because this is the next to last day of camp - tomorrow we say goodbye. i hate goodbyes, especially this kind. to say that you may never see each other again is absolutely true. would never trade it, but the goodbye is hard. enough of being a downer..... :)

theme for today: ANCIENT. we've got togas, moses, cleopatra, and king tut... among others. of course, that should sort of give away what we're doing musically... walk like an eqyptian, pharaoh pharaoh, and king tut. oh yeah. davey durand is gonna bring it, steve martin style.

the sport for today is the heart of ukraine: SOCCER. we will be learning from them. not the other way around.

we're having another bonfire tonight too. the bonfires are always memorable and special.

the party zone time and the bonfires, etc. happen after the worship time. every day, the students get a bible lesson in the morning with the ukraine team and then a worship service in the evening with a combo team of us americans and the ukrainians. it is hard to describe what it's like to sing songs in two languages at the same time and to hear it all around you while you sing. and it's so cool to hear these students who are learning english sing some of the worship songs we do back at home in english. it's just all the way around cool. powerful to experience and impossible to describe with words.

i know although our team, by this time, is probably hitting the wall, so i think it's time to bring out the super soakers that i hid in my bag. :) yeah baby.

OH! did i tell everyone about the color teams? the students are in a variety of groups (i.e. - they are in a specific english class based on their level. they are in an age-graded group when discussing the worship services and bible studies. they are also divided into color groups for camp competitions.) nick, krista and i are the fearless leaders of the red team along with our ukrainian red leaders. i'm pretty sure we're dominating the week. i just feel it. i have a sense about these things.....

pray for:
- overflowing love for all the students and for one another
- openness and boldness with sharing our faith
- our dedication to the mission of making disciples

what the team is reflecting on for day 9:
john 17:9-26
9I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. 20"I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them."

How does it feel to know Jesus, the living GOD, prays for you? Reflect on what Jesus asks the Father on your behalf (bolded)? What is your response to his prayer?

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