Saturday, October 1, 2011

Camp with the Congolese church

Today we helped the Joseph Project staff run a day-camp with a local Congolese church.  We had a blast getting to know the kids and playing with them!  I was in charge of making name tags for the kids as they arrived.  It was probably one of the more difficult things I have ever done- I could hardly understand the kids names as they spoke them to me- and writing them down was an even greater challenge! 

The camp started with a worship time where they sang traditional English songs.  The staff from the Joseph Project are from South Korea, and they led the worship time.  It was fun worshiping God with 50 African kids led by a South Korean!  We sang a song that says, "God is good, all the time God is good." We sang it in English, Zulu (the African language most of the kids speak), Korean, and Spanish.  

Anastasia, one of the staff who is from Zimbabwe, talked with the kids about what it means to be a dreamer.  She used the story of Joseph to encourage the kids to seek God and to dream big for their own lives.  She used the verse when Joseph's brothers said about him, "here comes the dreamer," and shared how that is what other people should say about them!  

We then split up into small groups for an hour to discuss the teaching and talk about the children's dreams for their own lives.  Matt was with the kindergartners (called grade R here), I was with the 1st & 2nd graders, and Isaac was with the 4th & 5th graders.  Here are Matt & Isaac with their groups:

Matt helping the kindergartners

Isaac with his small group
 We served the kids lunch (a hot dog & an apple) and then played games! The Joseph Project led half of the games, and our team led the other half.  We played a relay race game with them, where they had to run across the room, spin around twice, grab a balloon, and sit on it to pop it.  It was hilarious and they loved it!  

Me explaining the relay race before we played

The day camp ended with a time of prayer and worship.  I'm not sure who was more worn out at the end of the day- the kids or us!  There is an 8 hour difference between South Africa & Costa Rica, and we are doing our best to adjust to the huge time difference!  But we are so glad to be able to start serving & volunteering with local children during our time of transit! 

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