Girls Morning

Trip Start Jul 23, 2007
Trip End Aug 23, 2007

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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Lucy and I were running the girls meeting this morning at the church. The girls started arriving at 10.00 and thought we'd start with friendship bracelets as apparently they went down quite well last year. They enjoyed doing that for half an hour or so, and then we played some games. Duck, duck, donkey (goose and duck are really similar in Albanian) and doctor doctor were highlights. Lucy and I then got them all to sit down and gave a short talk about hope for the future and trusting in God's faithfulness- particularly one passage from Proverbs that talks about God clearing a path for our futures. We then got out paper paints and pastels and asked them to paint their hopes and dreams for the future. Some of them were amazing! One girl painted a weeping woman- not because she wanted to be one (as Clare first thought) but because she wanted to help them. Eni painted the picture I'd asked them to imagine- of a road with all their troubles and concerns piling up in front of them, and then 2 big hands scooping it all up and clearing the way for their future. Probably best of all, though, was Bruna's picture. From the girl who only last night was dismissive of her home country, she painted the Albanian flag and wrote across the top 'I am proud to be an Albanian.'

Lucy, Eni and I went on the internet quickly, but the cafe didnt have any change so gave it to us for free. Eni suggested that we went to spend the money on icecream instead- what a great idea! In the afternoon we chilled out around the house, which is beautiful. It's a bungalow but really could be a holiday villa as there's a terrace/balcony outside, great sunshine and views over the whole of Kruja. Later on we went for a volleyball match in the local high school. Quite a lot of the Albanian teenagers turned up, along with - the team from Pasqacan. It was so good to see Matt, Sam and Tonin again, it felt like we hadnt seen them for ages! Loughborough team unfortunately lost miserably, but it was fun watching everyone else.

When we got back to the house, Xamejia suggested I did some English cooking, and I thought a cake would be a good idea as it was Bruna's birthday the next day. Unfortunately even though i knew the quanities to use, she didnt have any scales - the butter came in a bag so I couldnt even use packaging as a guide - and they dont seem to have self raising flour or baking powder in Albania! So I tried to make a chocolate cake, which of course didnt rise, and I had no idea how long to leave it in the oven either. When it was finally cooked, it was quite solid and took a lot of effort to get it out the pan... but it looked and tasted just like chocolate brownies! Was a miracle.
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