Something to shout about
Trip Start Dec 09, 2010
16Trip End Dec 22, 2010
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Despite the freezing conditions everybody came out of their houses to greet the van's arrival, shoes or no shoes, and we were able to give boxes to all of the women and children in the community
Now we saddle up once more and head back to our warehouse in Sofia to hook up with Miryana and load boxes for our next delivery. Rich and Beccy take the long way round Sofia to collect Pete Cole from the airport. Pete joins us from Wales where he does schools outreach work under the guise of Mr Big (Salt & Light Company). Pete has been to Bulgaria as part of our Summer Camp team twice before and is once again accompanied by a big bag of juggling gear and a vast repertoire of stories! Our first stop with Pete is to the local DIY store to buy some paraffin for fire juggling next week!
Together with Miryana and Valya our two vans convoy back to Botevgrad to drop off boxes at the Methodist Church there. As ever it is a pleasure to meet Pastor Georgi and hear about the things God has been doing in his Church this year. He is so grateful for the Christmas boxes that he receives which he uses to bless the very poor people in the Church's local community. Despite his wife's serious illnes and the loss of his two grown up sons in the last five years Pastor Georgi's enthusiam for his community work is unwaning. His plans for a regular meeting place for people with disabilities are well along and he is engaged in talks with local social services to provide support.
The evening finds the team at Balkan Basketball club for a home game against Burgas. One of the players contacted Miryana a month ago to ask if we still 'did Christmas boxes?' After some discussion it was decided that the children of Lipnitza orphanage school could be brought to the game for free and presented with some basketballs by the players on court before the game. This turned out to be a great opportunity for national PR in the top sports daily newspaper - much to Mimi's delight. Plus the Lipnitza kids got on national TV! Balkan team were third in the Bulgarian national championship last year and together with the Lipnitza children we joined with the highly partisan home crowd cheering on the lads. The result? 90-75 to the home team. Those 15 extra points curtesy of the Lipnitza kids' wild and enthusiastic support. BALKAN!
Next week the Christmas box team will visit Lipnitza orphanage school to deliver Christmas boxes and juggle that fire but for now we say lecha nosht...