Summer Camp Update!

God is good!  We needed a minimum of $4500 for camp and we received $4595!  This is fantastic.  Yesterday, I passed out invitation to 35 kids from Stroiesti!  I didn’t realize how nervous I was to make the announcement about camp until after I made it; I wish I could have invited every child there.  Nor did I realize how nervous the kids were.  I’m amazed they were so well-behaved during the lesson!  I have 10 kids on the waiting list to come to camp.  I was glad there were no tears, even though some of the kids were disappointed about not getting an invitation.  The kids got invitations based on merit…who was coming to Sunday School, learning verses, behaving at Sunday School.  For the teens, the criteria was a bit different: the mentoring group, Sunday School, and those who work hard in the village.  For example,  Maria is 18 and does not come to Sunday School.  But I see her almost everyday at the school helping her mother clean the elementary building.  Maria doesn’t get paid to do this, she just does it to help her mom.  Because of this, her mom gets done sooner and is able to spend more time with the younger children in the family.  When I asked her if she wanted to come to camp, Maria was so excited; she’s never been to camp.

Because of last years swine flu “crisis” each child is required to have a doctor’s note stating they are healthy.  Last year, a few of kids just couldn’t get these forms.  There are a couple of families where the children’s health just isn’t a priority.  It breaks my heart. A couple of the kids got TB last year, but never finished their treatment or had follow ups with the doctor.  The whole family has been exposed. The doctor in the village is very frustrated with them. So I have my doubts that the doctor will give them a pass to come to camp.  The doctor also doesn’t like to pass kids with lice.  HA!  Most of the kids have lice, but they cut their hair super short and get rid of it.  There are some girls who absolutely refuse to cut their hair or  to pick the nits out.  I find this frustrating too! I have offered lice shampoo, but no one has taken me up on it.  Last year, the doctor gave health slips to us for the kids who’s only health issue was lice with the promise that we would get rid of the lice.  I pray the doctor will let us to this again this year.

Camp is in less than 3 weeks.  Pray that the kids can get through the last 2 weeks of school and get their medical forms. The kids must have their health slips in by the 13th.  I will post a list of kids to pray for as they come in. In the meantime, please pray for our team: Ana, Rebeca, Mihai, Teo, Alina, and myself, as well as Gabi and Mihaela, as we finish preparing lessons, games, art projects, music, and all the details for camp. Pray that camp this year will be life changing for the children.

2 Responses

  1. Praying daily for camp. I know that God is going to do some great things! Lookking forward to our visit in July.

  2. That’s great news and answered prayer Melissa!

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