Camp is over, but summer is still here!

We just finished up 3 weeks of camp! That is 20 days! Plus a presentation at church with 40 some of those who came to camp. We had over 200 campers and teen helpers. We had 12 Americans, half of whom stayed for more than one week! We had a wonderful couple from Scotland. We had 10 very hard working and dedicated ladies who came with children from 6 different orphanages. And we had 11 amazing women, all of whom I call friends, who volunteered their time and helped with so much at camp; whether they were in the kitchen or translating or teaching, they were ready to go! And one pretty great husband cooking for us all! I could NOT have done camp without all of those involved. Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who sponsored campers. At the last minute, the exchange rate got very good and we have extra money ( of course the exchange rate went back down) for field trips and events for the rest of the summer and fall.

I experienced some new things in camp this year. Including a short lived stomach virus that was passed on to everyone over the course of 2 weeks; but hey, at least the kids learned to share!

I was so happy with my teens from Stroiesti . They were hard workers and brought with them skits and songs for the younger campers. They made me proud!

Peer pressure can be good when the water slide is involved! And leading worship for 3 weeks is an excellent way to loose weight!

Sneaking Jesus into camp lessons for children from the state orphanage wasn’t hard at all! We got to share the gospel with children one on one and in groups. Everyone left with a New Testament or Christian outreach magazine.

We got to meet so many new people and to visit with new friends. Only one kid blew his last chance at camp and won’t be returning; for the safety of everyone it is the right decision.

Thank you to everyone for making camp possible! God bless you!!

Website down/Paypal

You may have noticed the MBK website is down.  Please do not use the donation button on the website at this time. While the money does go to MBK, it goes to the Romanian office and we are unable to provide a tax write off to you.  (It is also a bit more complicated for us to receive these funds.) If you have sent money to this account, please let us know and we can confirm that we received it.

Use this link below.  It is tagged for our specific ministry, but it is a good idea to add a note as well. This goes to the US office and can be used as a tax write off!

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=0aEJTXljtC28QJ174Pxrcrkt0ZjFmpW51HDaMvznQ2tcjtEi6PAbnHs-8vS-xHyD-HcPE0&country.x=US&locale.x=US

 

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Thank you for all of your continued support. Please feel free to contact me at anytime!!

Summer camp is coming

We are fully sponsored for camp!  Thank you to everyone who was able to sponsor a camper. Now, we are asking for prayer!!

Please pray for:

  1. All the campers coming.  We have around 200 campers and 40 teen volunteers (team leaders and kitchen help) coming over the course of 3 weeks. Pray for open hearts for God’s Word!
  2. For the children from the orphanage, while we are not allowed to share the full Gospel with them, we are able to share the love of Jesus with them.  We will be telling stories from the Bible about young people and children with courage.
  3. For our adult leaders!  We have 13 Americans coming at different points during the camps, a lovely couple from Scotland coming for our first week of camp, 11 Romanian leaders over the course of the 3 weeks, 9 instructors from the 5 different orphanages, and for me…who gets to be in charge of all the crazy! We need your prayers!!!
  4. Good weather. The weather forecast for week one is rain, rain, rain! We need sun, sun, sun, and hot, hot, hot!!!!
  5. Camp boxes!  The last of our supplies from America are still in route! The shipper messed up again this year!!!  We have most of our supplies, but of course we would like to have them all for camp. Right now, the boxes are scheduled to appear sometime during camp #2!!
  6. Praise the Lord for providing all the funds need for camp!!!  And they said we wouldn’t be able to fully fund 3 camps!!!
  7. God to be glorified through out all 3 weeks of camp!

 

Internet is weak to non-existent at camp, but I hope to post a couple of pictures while there!!

 

Camp Prep!

I remember when rehearsing a play, my mother would tell us, if you don’t hate it by show time, then you didn’t rehears it enough. My dad would say the same thing about learning to play a song.    I am almost to the point of “hating” outer space!  But there is still so much prep work to be done. But secretly, I love the planning and organizing part of camp as much as camp itself!

Space camp is a full adventure camp, where children will not only learn about outerspace, but learn who created it and about the man who came to save all of those who live on planet Earth!

I have received all our craft supplies; Thank you New Harvest Church!!  And as of yesterday, our camper lists are finalized.  Our 3 camps are full. At last count, we had 227 campers and teen volunteers over the course of 3 weeks. We have some great American teams coming.  Some of our team members are even staying for 2 or 3 camps!!

This year, along with our regular Bible camp, we have a camp set up for children from the state orphanages. At this camp, we are not allowed to share a Gospel message; however, we will share Bible stories and God’s love with the children.  The lessons are different from the other camps, in that they will focus on children and young people in the Bible who showed courage: Daniel, David, Esther, Miriam, and the boy who gave his fish and bread to Jesus.

We also for the first time have an English camp. This camp is made up solely of children, who pay to go to camp. We are full and even have a waiting list.  There is a need in Romania not only for English camps, but for CHRISTIAN English camps. We are praying for God to lead us in whatever direction He wants as we look at the possibility of English camps as a source of not only ministry, but a way to raise money for other outreach activities.

We are still in need of 10-14 sponsors for the orphanage camp. Our Gospel camp is fully sponsored.  This is depending on all pledged sponsors follow through.   If you would like to be part of sending a child to camp, please contact me in the comment section or by email: melissaosborne@hotmail.com

Please join us in praying for all 227+ children and teens who will come to camp, along with all the leaders from America and Romania!

 

First Quarter Review

We have had a such a busy first quarter of 2018!  I can’t believe it is already April.

Each month we have done some activities with the children in the special needs orphanage. In January, we took the children to the natural science museum in they city. (It isn’t very impressive, but they had a live snake exposition, and that was cool!) We then took the children to McDonald’s, where one of the employees had prepared crafts for the children. In February, the children were sick so we visited them. We brought oranges and pro-biotics! We also brought some toys to the smaller children. In March, we had a craft day with pizza for the children. This week, we took the kids to McDonald’s to do an Easter craft and eat!

In February, when second semester began, I finished my “maternity leave” and started teaching English classes at Stroiesti and Zaharesti schools. I had been teaching to kindergarten classes since September, but now I have 4 kindergarten classes and 5 elementary classes.

Sunday school is going strong in the village. We have a new couple, who is able to help out about once or twice a month. This is a great blessing to me. We are finishing up the book of Esther and will move into the New Testament this spring.

Each Friday, we have a program at our church for the young children. It is like a Sunday school, but on Friday evenings. I usually prepare the crafts and worksheets each week.

I have been very busy planning for camp. We have 3 camps this year and so I need to be more organized than usual! We are still looking for sponsor, so please let me know if you are able to sponsor a camper from the village or orphanage.

Speaking of  orphanages: we have not been able to do much with the Dorohoi orphanage. We are no longer allowed to share the Gospel with the children. We will try a camp with a hidden message, but we are unsure of what the future will hold for our relationship with this orphanage. We will be able to continue to give the children Christmas boxes.

Bogdan worked at different camps all fall and winter.  With the money he saved up he was able to plant an orchard. We now have 169 trees in our back field. I am excited to see how it grow and will “patiently” wait 5 or 6 years for the fruit to appear!

Our children are growing and are a blessing. Matt just turned 6 and Olivia will turn 4 next week. Sweet Sydney will be one in May. The big kids love kindergarten and are thriving at the Christian school in the city. We are so fortunate that my parents were able to pay the tuition for them to go there. Sydney is crawling and very much wants to walk.  She is such a good baby and so easy going. I think it comes from tagging along from day one!

We thank you for all of your support and prayers. Please contact us when you can.

Blogging Up Date

Thank you everyone for such a quick response. I really didn’t know how many still read the blog. Those of you who said not to continue if you were the only one who still read it….you aren’t the only one!

The blog will continue. BUT please help me…if I forget to update, just send me a message and I will post an update.

Now, I will go back to planning for camp our 3 camps. If you have any fun ideas for space-related activities, let me know!

And thanks for reading!

Blogging

Hi Everyone, I would like to get an idea of how many people still follow this blog. I know I have been terrible about updating it.  I blame 3 small children and full schedule 🙂  I am able to post quickly and easily from my phone to Facebook, but I know not everyone has Facebook.

I have also almost reached the data limit (pictures) given for a free blog. I have gone back and deleated many photos from earlier post (2008-2010).

I’d like to hear back from you if there is any interest in this blog.

Thank you very much !!!!

—-Melissa

God’s Great Galaxy Camp

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Let’s blast off into outerspace and explore God’s Great Galaxy!!!  Learn about how God created the Universe with just a word!

We need your help to send 120  kids/teens to camp.  We are currently planning 3 camps this year. Our first camp is for children from the Dorohoi Orphanage. These children are no longer allowed to attend Christian camps and activities.  But are told to be wise as serpents and gentle as doves……70 children and teens from the orphanage will come and to camp and experience God’s love and will learn about courage. Half of the lessons will be about brave astronauts and half the lessons will be about brave young people named: David, Esther, Miriam, and Daniel.

Next we have English Camp.  English camp is in parternship with Filadefia School.  The chidlren attending this camp are private pay. We are excited about this opportunity to provide a safe Christian environment and share the love of Jesus Christ while teaching English. We will be teaching English through Bible stories, Bible verses, songs and activities, and conversation. We are not asking for sponsors for this camp.

Our third and final camp is the camp we all know and love! We are taking 60 children from  Stroiesti village and surrounding areas and 13 children from the special needs orphanage.  The children attending this camp are children we work with on a regular basis, whether at Sunday school or in the orphanage.  We have a full schedule of activities and Bible lessons. The children will also learn a lot about outerspace and have some mini-English lessons.

Each camp is 5 nights and 6 days.  The cost of camp is $120 (the same as last year).  That $120 provides one week of camp;  3 good meals (prepared by Bogdan and his kitchen crew) plus 2 snacks each day (this is more than they get at home); transportation to and from camp on the train; toiletry items; craft projects, game and sports time, prizes, solid Bible lessons twice a day, and a great team of Romanian and American believers to supervise and guide these young campers!

Camp dates are June 24-July 14 2018.  If you are interested in volunteering at one, two, or even three of our camps, please let us know. There is still space available.
Send your sponsorship to: My Brother’s Keeper, PO Box 11, Roxbury, PA, 17251 (Please put Stroiesti/Dorohoi Summer Camp 2018 in the memo line); For Paypal sponsorship go to http://www.mbk.ro (Mark for family and friends, so you don’t have to pay the fee!)

All sponsorship money must be received by June 1, 2018!

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Our Special Needs Friends

 

It is so true that when God closes one door another door will open.  For reasons beyond our control, we are no longer to share a Christian message with the children in the orphanage in Dorohoi.  We can do activities with a “moral” message, but we cannot openly share Jesus with the children.  We pray that this will change and we will be able to do Christian programs with them, but until then we are not abandoning them and are still doing a few activities with them during the year. In 2018, we have even schedule a “Camp with Character” for them.

However, the director of M***** orphanage for special needs children wanted to meet me. He was new, but I had heard he was a good man. I met with him for over an hour and told him frankly that we did Christian camps and told Bible stories to the children. “Very good,” he said. “There is nothing bad in telling the children Bible stories, in fact, it can only help them. ”  YIPPY!!!  PRAISE THE LORD!!!  We are now in the middle of writing up a contract with the orphanage and it’s sister orphanage down the street.

Two weeks ago, we had a team from the US here and we took 10 of the kids from the orphanage to the Planetarium and out for pizza. What an adventure for them. It was the first time they had ever been to the Planetarium and the folks at Popeye’s Pizza were so nice and we had the restaurant to ourselves.

 

 

Yesterday, we were able to take 12 of the children to the mall where there was a temporary Lego play place.  The children got to create with Legos and Duplo blocks.  For some of the it was the first since kindergarten, if ever they had played with them.  Afterwards, we took the kids to KFC for dinner…a first for all of them!

 

We are always in search of fun adventure to take the kids on.  Here in Romania, when presented with a list of children with disabilities, admission is free. So that helps our budget.  The orphanage is part of a larger center and that center has vans, that may be used if available, and a driver is free….complicated, but we are able to schedule around it.

We praise God for this opportunity to serve the “least of these,” precious children that were tossed aside. We are sharing the love of Jesus and giving the children happy childhood memories. Thank you Jesus!

Camp 2018 Dates

Three camps!  Three camps?  Are you crazy, Melissa?  Yes, yes, I am!

June 25-30-Dorohoi Camp/Camp with Character

July 2-7-English Camp

July 9-14-Stroiesti/Outreach/Bible Camp

Things at the top have changed for the Dorohoi orphanage and we are no longer allowed to talk about God. But we feel we can’t abandon the children either. Too many of our sponsors have grown attached to those children, and so have we. We are going to be doing “Camp with Character” for the Dorohoi children. But anyone who knows me, knows, I love a good spy movie. Underground missionaries….my heroes.  So keep thinking, and you know what I’m going to do!

Our first ever English camp is a partnership with the local Christian school.  Matt and Olivia now attend this school in the city. (The commute is worth it!)  English teachers at the school were unhappy with English camps in the country and wanted one that was serious about the children learning English, but also one with a Christian base.  They asked to produce a camp.  This camp will be open for everyone and will be a paying camp. We are in need of native English speakers, so Americans, Irish, English friends…come one and join us!  We will be celebrating the 4th of July this week as well!

Our final week of camp is our “regular” camp. The one we all know and love! Children from the village, and surrounding area come to this camp. In the past few years, more and more parents from city have asked to send their children to this camp. While the majority of the kids for this camp are sponsored, we do have a growing number of children paying to go to camp to fill out the ranks.

This is year’s theme is God’s Glorious Galaxy. We will explore God’s creation as we learn out the stars and planets!  My family loves space and NASA..we have the t-shirts to prove it! We want to share our love of outerspace with the children, besides, it’s a fun camp theme.

If you would like to volunteer to come to one or all of our camps, just let me know. We are looking for groups and individuals to make up teams for camp.  The general cost is $1000 plus plane ticket. We would love to have you join us in celebrating God’s Glorious Galaxy.