Today was our third day of camp but the campers are just as excited as the the first day. It seems like each day the campers are arriving at camp earlier and earlier. This morning we were greeted with many hugs from campers who we have gotten to know over the last days. It has been wonderful getting to witness our staff’s and the camper’s ability to communicate their love for one another without words. Campers running up to our team members and just holding on to them smiling. Counselors and campers pointing at different objects and asking how to say it in the other’s language. It is so wonderful to witness the way the body of Christ transcends language and culture and points us to our future heavenly kingdom.
Although it is hot and it gets exhausting being in the sun all day, our staff is killing it! They have been such an encouragement to watch as they push through their tiredness in order to share the gospel with the children. Camp is going incredibly smooth. Activities are great, the meals have been delicious, the skits have be funny, the Gospel has been taught, but the Americans are still working on learning the Peruvian songs and dances.
Today in the Joseph story Pastor Esdras taught the campers about Pharaoh’s dream regarding the seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine. It is here that we start to see what God had been doing all along. After translating Pharaoh’s dream, Joseph is taken out of prison and put in command over all of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh. Pastor Esdras’s main focus was that we have a God who is always in control.
We ask for your continued prayers for the health of our team. We have one team member who has not been feeling great. The sickness seems to be getting better but she is taking it easy. Please pray that she will feel better and no one else will get sick during this trip. We also ask you to continue praying for the hearts and souls of these campers. Pray that God would use our camp to plant seeds in some and open the eyes of others causing them to run to Jesus and his perfect sacrifice.
Again we thank you for your prayers and support.
Happy New Year! It's been a busy few days. Let's catch you up on the happenings here in Peru.
We did not have camp on New Year’s Day, but we did have a great time! We tried to go to the Huacas (archeological site), but found out that the site was closed…so we went to the beach instead. Some of us got in the water while some walked to a pier and did some shopping. Later that day we went to the church in Arevalo and had a Despedida (time of sharing). We heard from both our team and the Peruvians who we work alongside. Everyone who spoke was very excited and encouraged by this year’s camp. Although we haven’t been here long, it feels like an impact for the Kingdom has been made.
Today, we are back at camp. The Americans are hard at work trying to teach the children kickball. It has proven to be a little more difficult than we assumed. Octoball is running smoothly, Super Fun Games is playing an intense game of tag with a twist, Crafts is making bracelets and giving out temporary tattoos, and the Pool is always the favorite because everyone gets to cool off for a bit.
We are now at the part of the story of Joseph where he becomes the keeper of Potiphar’s house, where he resists the temptation of Potiphar’s wife, and even though he is obedient to God is still thrown in prison. We can be reminded that God’s plan for our life is best, and even when “bad” things come upon us, God still uses it for good.
We ask that you keep us in your prayers. You can pray that we remain healthy, for our safety throughout Trujillo and eventually on our way home, that God’s word overcomes the language barrier, and finally that we may be able to proclaim the gospel so that god can harvest in His time.
Thanks for your part in this incredible opportunity to minister!