After a crazy first day with the kids, we felt like we knew a little bit more about what to expect today. Every day starts the same with breakfast, personal devotions, and group devotions. For group devotions we are reading from the book Radical by David Platt. We also discuss questions or comments about the day.
Today we had chapel after devotions. We heard from an intern named Dingo. He has an amazing testimony of coming to Christ. He was displaced from New Orleans for the flood and had to leave his Mom in her house with a flood coming. He found out later she had to chop a hole in the ceiling and get rescued by a helicopter. He lived in Dallas for a while and got REALLY mad at the world. He did drugs and drank way too much. One day he walked in a room and there was a Bible. It was open to Romans 8:28 and it was like the movies with a light shining it and a light humming of angels, " LAAAAAAAA." He came back to New Orleans and joined Castle Rock Church. He has been living for the Lord ever since.
After chapel we had some free time. We chose to walk about 8 blocks away to a little grocery store. It was very interesting. They sold fresh cut meat, but it didn't look like HyVee! They had pigs tails and other strange stuff. Soda was cheaper as well, and that is mostly what the kids got. We also bought apples, as we were craving fruit! Well, some of us were.
After lunch we had our second day of Day Camp. Again, we were split up into teams. Some of us were doing crafts, Bible, and games. Others went to a basketball ministry in a park. They try to recruit older teens to church. One team went on a prayer walk. In the middle of the walk, a thunderstorm came out of nowhere! The kids were drenched, but they ended up carrying groceries for people and thought it was worth it. The work team got soaked as well. While they were taking shelter in the building, three weed whackers were stolen off the porch. It was rather frustrating to the leaders.
After supper, we had our Challenge Circles again. The groups, including Lindsey, Dean, Ryan and Katie, had an area that was too muddy. They just played with the kids for two hours, and they were exhausted! It was more tiring for them than the group games. We had a lot of repeat kids, and some new ones, too.
Wednesday night is talent night, and the whole group is practicing a round with actions and drums. I will try to video it so you can all see how talented our group is!!!
In the evenings we all get to hang out together. It is fun to hang out and wind down after a big day.
Thank you all for praying for us. We are all having fun and getting stretched at the same time.
Heather - To answer the intern question - Some of the interns (who are in charge of us as volunteers) seem to have other things on their mind like, romance, dating, texting, etc. It is just kind of distracting for the teens to see. For example on girl has been texting during the chapel/prayer times. Some of them seem to be more interested in each other than anything else. Also some of them don't follow the dress code, which seems silly. I think our group is pretty much past it now, it was just kind of a shocker at first. Thanks!
|Some of the kids from Challenge Circle.|