Diving In

Trip Start Aug 19, 2013
Trip End Sep 01, 2013

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Flag of Bulgaria  , Dobrich,
Saturday, August 24, 2013

Day 6 of Summer Camp begins, as all mornings do, with the team gathering together in the morning for a quick regroup and time of prayer – often for strength, energy and safety. We then meet with the children after a hearty breakfast and head for the beach. Each of the team often has several children hanging off them on the way down to the beach as the kids compete for the most attention from us. Once at the beach the kids are keen to get their swimsuits and swimming shorts on ready for the sea. The older children enjoy diving or should I say throwing/drowning each other into the waves – thankfully they haven't turned on the youth team yet! The younger children took more pleasure in jumping over the smaller waves as they approach the shore. For the kids who are on camp for the first time, they have never seen the sea before much less had the opportunity to play in it. With the guidance of teachers we tried to encourage them to swim. Some of them didn’t have a clue how to, others struggled to stay afloat while the more confident attempted to catch a wave.

We started our evening session with a story from Pete which was loved by one and all. This was followed by a game and sketch which focused on us being lost and found by God. We emphasised that each of them was incredibly precious to God and He knows at all times where they are. It was most encouraging to us that the older boys seemed to listen well and set a good example for the younger children. Although close to being teenagers they were keen to participate when asked and volunteer answers when needed. Having a group of older role models helps the children understand the right way to take part; bringing calm to what can often be chaos!

Although it has only been the second full day we have spent with the children, we have already seen a change in them. They are desperate for our attention and those who were incredibly quiet at first are beginning to open up and bond with the team. I’m sure our love for these kids and their love for us will only grow over the next week.

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