Let’s Play on the new Playground

Last week, we had a great team from PA come to Stroiesti to build a place to play.  This village with so many children hasn’t had a playground in generations.  With our partners from Precious Life, we were able to change that. The goal of the playground was not only to give the children in the village a safe place to play and just to be kids, but also to improve community relations and our reputation in the village. All of this was accomplished. The mayor’s hall supported us and the project. They prepared the land and went above  beyond by replacing and adding new fencing, so that the playground, while on school property, could be used during the summer and after school.  They also gathered, repaired and repainted wooden benches and trashcans for the new playground. The mayor’s hall called in “welfare” workers to assist the team. (Here in order to receive welfare you must put in so many hours a month of community service–and anyone in the household can do these hours.)  Children and Teens from our Sunday School and Mentoring program came and helped out with picking up trash, moving rocks, and painting.  Members from our local church in the city were involved as well and it was an opportunity for the mayor to meet and chat with our pastor.

It’s been a week since the playground has gone up. I’ve been there twice with my children. There is always someone there, even in the heat of the day, playing. Some of the children have come to me saying that at 7pm the place is packed and some of the older kids are being naughty. These kids really want to preserve their park, as they call it. Two boys have decide they will be the keepers of the playground. They will pick up the trash and keep the park nice. I love that they want to do this. The playground is a wonderful place where children and be children and where friends can be made. Everyone involved was able to show the love of Jesus by giving a childhood joy to the children of Stroiesti.

Thank you to everyone involved in this amazing project!

To see a video of the project please click this link: https://www.facebook.com/melissa.osborne.5682/videos/984411394943559/?l=1367842651117257157

(It should work even if you don’t have facebook!)

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Letters to Campers

Everyone loves mail, especially at camp!!  If you would like to write a letter or send pictures to you camper you can do so via email. Email me at melissaosborne@Hotmail.com.  Please include the name of your camper (if you know it) and definitely your name! Thank you for blessing the children.

Sheparding

We had the chance to go with our neighbors to visit the sheep in the sheep folds. Matt had a blast herding the sheep with his wooden sword, while Olivia liked the wild strawberries.

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VBS at the Orphanage

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Our wonderful friend, Allison from Texas, came and spent a week with us. During her time here, we went to the orphanage and did a VBS for the kids. Many of the children at the VBS will be coming with us to camp, and while Allison won’t be able to come with us to camp this summer, her younger sister, Amy will be at camp at the end of this month.

Our lessons were about the Fruits of the Spirit. The children enjoyed games, crafts, prizes, and a challenge in patience and self  control.  We put a gummy bear in  cups and handed one to each child. If they didn’t eat the gummy bear during the lesson, we would give them another one…all the children were able to have self control and received a gummy shark! We, also, took pictures of the children and they made frames for their pictures.

About a month before we came, the children had been with another group and they had done a Bible lesson with the kids. Well, we didn’t know and we did the same lesson. As Allison was telling the story, the children started adding other information and pretty soon they were the ones telling the story. This was awesome because God’s Word is staying in their hearts! We were blessed by our time with the children!