Katie says, "Hmm... Monday."
I guess it has been a long day!
We started out the day with a great breakfast of eggs and sausage, then moved to devotions and group time. We are liking this time of the day, because we are all together. Pat, Carley and I were VERY happy to have some coffee this morning, thanks to a director named "J" - We had been missing it Saturday and Sunday.
We then heard from the head pastor about poverty and the mind set of the people. The goal of this ministry is to give the kids a safe neighborhood where kids can ride their bike. He said the hardest people to love are those that need it the most.
After some free time, mostly playing basketball, we heard from Urban Bell. He shared about what culture is, and that we should be careful judging others culture. We need to find out if it is working or not before we try to change anything.
After lunch, we started day camp. Some of us worked with the kids, while others did a prayer walk. Some of us went to the new church area that they have purchased and cleaned up. The buildings have not been touched since the hurricane. The new buildings used to be a Catholic Church, school, and convent.
This evening we did our first challenge circles. There are three of them around the city, all block apart. It is basically a big Awana Circle with all the kids from the projects, with the interns leading and the kids are the line leaders.
Thanks for praying. We can really tell. Everything seems to have gone great today. No complaints except for some of the interns seem to not be here for the right reasons, and it is obvious to some of the kids. It kind of bothers them, but we are learning that our attitudes come through with our actions. It has also shown some of the kids that others are watching them, like we are watching the interns. They are learning it is important to be a good example. Everything happens for a reason! Praise God!! Even frustrations are blessings.
I am trying to get pictures of everyone. We are in different groups most of the day so you can probably tell who I am with. I am sorry that I don't get everyone doing their various activities, but hopefully you can see a variety of what we are doing.
Thank you for your comments. The girls have read them over and over. Keep them coming.....
|I am TOTALLY facinated how the houses that have been untouched since the flood have plants growing out of them, straight out of the wood.|
|The kids are having a great time playing basketball.|
|Working in the new church area was hard, but great to see a change when we were done.|
|Katie had her face painted with sidewalk chalk by the little girls at Challenge Circle.|
|Rene dunking the ball.|
|The boys had a backwards pushup contest.|