I’m so thankful to have seen God’s faithfulness over the summer!
Here’s a short recap of what I was able to be a part of in Poland the last several weeks…
As I mentioned in my last post, we hosted our first hopefully-to-be-annual English camp the first week in July. We had about 45 kids come every day, and it really was a great week!
In addition to English camp, we also were able to help with 5-day evangelism clubs that were run by Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) in the afternoons after English camp. Those were great too.
English camp and the 5-day clubs were great partly because of the English the kids learned, the games they played, and the Bible stories we told them. Another thing that made it great was that nobody got hurt (ok, seriously hurt), and because on Friday the drama for their parents was entertaining.
For me though, the greatest thing I saw at English camp and the 5-day clubs was the unity of everyone that helped us and worked with us, even though none of us had ever worked together before
For example, we had never worked with the church close by the preschool that generously offered to lend us their building for English camp – and they didn’t just lend us their building, they also provided breakfast and lunch for the campers every day and hosted the missionaries I work with, along with some other helpers for the whole week of camp. We also didn’t know the CEF workers that came very well, and I had never met any of the girls from America that came to help.
But not knowing each other and coming from different churches and different backgrounds doesn’t really matter as much when you’re working towards the same goal.
And that’s really what I saw during English camp and the 5-day clubs – people happily working and kindly serving with one other for the same reason, and people forming the kind of community that can only have its foundation in Jesus.
I’m so blessed I was able to see this kind of unity during that week!
For two weeks in the middle of July I was able to be a part of a Bible camp in the southern mountains of Poland. Getting to play soccer several days during free time and struggling to speak in Polish to the girls in my room (sometimes succeeding, sometimes not) are definitely things I will remember about those two weeks. But I think the much sweeter memories I will have are of seeing first-week teen campers become second-week cabin helpers, hearing questions from kids considering the gospel for the first time, and learning of campers who had come to know Jesus!
At the end of July I went to see several of my friends who were helping with Kontakt Łódż, a volunteer’s festival in Łódż (a big city in Poland). The ultimate goal of Kontakt is to plant a church in Łódż , but right now the focus is on building relationships with the city. So, all week over 100 volunteers from many different countries did various service projects like renovating apartments or schools, helping with kid’s programs, or giving concerts. I came only at the end of the week, but it was still great to see friends and to meet volunteers who really care about what’s going on in Poland!
So, even though I’m taking with me the memories and the things God did this summer, we are now unfortunately moving on from summery events. It’s time to get ready for preschool and English classes to start in September!
We’re going to have a new English preschool curriculum, a second preschool classroom, and hopefully also have many more smiling (not crying) preschool faces!
I can honestly say I’m excited for the craziness to start!