A kindred spirit!

Trip Start Jul 30, 2007
Trip End Oct 28, 2007

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Yesterday was the second day of the youth weekend at the church. Woke up looking forward to what Parody would feed us and at luch i got a little giddy as there was none other then vegetable rice whihc is delicious. (Tried a potato thing which nearly blew my head off. I Think my exact words were "Oh No" as the burning took hold of my throat and would not leave for about 45  mins!! I should have been tipped off by the oooooooohhhhhhh that came out of Parody as i lifted it.. but as you know.. I never learn.

They really do have a wonderful youth community here and the atmosphere when they are all around is fantastic. I was with the younger ones again, and they have started to get familiar with me now, and what i mean when I make mad hand gestures and speak in what to them is mostly an incomprehensible babble (english!). Its gone from looking at me as if i am mad, then doing the opposite of what i meant, to them looking knowingly at me... then doing the opposite of what I meant on purpose!! I suppose it is an improvement.

Met Pastor Victor for the first time yest. He is really a nice guy. He is just back from a tour of England that took him from Rippon?? to Leeds to Canturbury. Seemed quite shocked at English Culture.. and was a s prepared for going over there as we were here medication wise!

Met the ministers son Mark for the first time too. He is 6 and is a kindred spirit. Has a mischevious streak in him and we bonded immediatly! Lives up to the high standards that I have set for the name Mark.

Alot of yest was spent in the classes. The theme was the holy spirit and the younger ones learnt about Daniel and the Lions Den. They were then asked to draw them which led to some interesting impressions, which picasso would be proud off. In the afternoon the teacher asked me to draw things for them to paint. Now my artistic talent is right up there with my ability to sing or play football.... Non existent. However I managed to pull off a good impression of a rainbow which they seemed to recognise!

There were high hopes for a bonfire to close of the day, however about 5pm it started to rain. I have been lucky with the weather here. It has been sunny every day and yest it started to rain  at teh one time i didn't want it. So proceedings were moved in doors. The kids entertained us with drama and singing which was great. They also had a candlelight prayer for the victims of the Tsunami and other people in the world who are displaced and refugees, which was lovely. The evening was closed off with a rendition of I may never march with the infantry which we led from the front!

The weekend was marked in church with a childrens service today. They did some of the drama and songs from the night before. There were more kids than i have seen in a church there. There was a celebration of communion as well at the service done in the traditional CoE style of kneeling before the alter and drinking from the same cup.  Afterwards took a few photoes with some of the families, which i need to remember to send to them!  

There was a family of 3 brothers at the church who are about 17/18 who are great. I was playing Carrom ( a board game they have here where you essentially flick a big circle at draft pieces and try to get them in pockets in the corner.) with the younger one yest and depite a good showing by me, got absolutely trounced!!   They know English but have noone to talk it to here so they are coming down tomorrow afternoon to speak english with us!
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