Sledding and the Youth Rally

So last week the kids had vacation.  It was a balmy 36 F. and sunny, so  I went to the village on Tuesday to go sledding with the kids.  I, of course, forgot my camera.  There were over 20 kids on the hill (road) sledding.  Several times, we all had to rush to the side of the road for passing cars.  And at one point all sledding stopped for 15 mins as a funeral procession, open casket and all, went by. I do believe that was the first time I’ve ever seen an actual dead body.   But as soon as the procession passed, we were all back on the slopes.  The kids begged me go sledding with them and so I took many trips down the hill with 6 year olds to 14 year olds driving. I took more trips down the hill than I actually wanted.  But it was fun.  At one point, there were 4 kids plus me on one sled.  The kids had made some jumps on the road.  The sleds have metal runners with wooden planks (or split logs) to sit on.  There is no padding so going over the jumps was rather a shock to my body.  I’m not as young as I thought I was.  My back is still hurting from sledding.  But it was well worth it. 

Saturday, I took 8 teens from the village to a “youth rally” in the city.  It was very different from any youth rally I had ever seen in the states and unfortunately, my teens (and I) were a bit bored.  But that didn’t stop them from goofing off during the break with my camera. I was talking over the evening with a friend of mine and she reminded me that God’s word never returns void, so even if it wasn’t the most exciting evening, the teens did hear God word.  The next morning, Brother Florin took a number of kids to the same church in the city, and six of teens from the night before went.  And they are ready to go back next week, so regardless they are still interested in going to church and learning about God.

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