As the week has progressed the weather has become cooler and wetter. Day three was a very rainy day at camp. The camp staff have been fantastic in trying to help facilitate our teaching sessions. When it first started raining we moved all of the classes inside. This didn’t really work as the different classes were too close to each other and talking over one another so the camp staff built us temporary shelters outside! The teaching sessions have been going very well. Bill, Sam and I finally figured out how to structure the lessons for the beginners’ group to be both understandable and beneficial to the them and we are thankful to hear reports from other team members of how well the more advanced classes have been going. Our English lessons have allowed us to build relationships with our students and it amazes me how open - both in class and throughout the day - the Russians are to talking about the gospel and their spiritual beliefs.
The daily afternoon craft sessions have been very popular; especially since it has been too wet to go outside. Y, Bev and our other team members from Maryland and Idaho have prepared daily crafts from bracelet making to tie-dye. Another hit have been the nightly American themed dinners. So far we have had an Olive Garden themed spaghetti and meatball dinner, a Wendy’s burger night, and a Chick-fil-A inspired chicken meal.
Apologies for the long gap in blog posts. Between the cellular internet connection here at camp running out of prepaid credit, and me coming down with some form of food poisoning it was difficult to get this posted! Please pray that the team stays strong and healthy for the remainder of the trip.