Successful days 1 and 2 of the Kids Camp at our center are complete! It is going very well! Here are a couple of snapshots from the first two days:
This Monday marks the beginning of a one week kids camp, the children’s version of English intensives we have done in the past for adults. We are prepared for 30 kids and currently have 25 signed up to come. Will you pray with us on these specific topics for the week?
– for the children who attend
– that we will make connections with the parents
– for our local friends who are helping us this week
– for our team to build relationships and rapport with those around us this week for His glory
Would you join us in prayer for a Kids English Program we are preparing for that will take place in mid-September? We usually teach university age and higher, but feel like we want to connect with some of our students’ kids! We had a version of this last year, but this year will be a whole new adventure in our new center! We are hoping for at least 20 kids. Will you join us in praying for some of the kids and helpers buy name?
Jilda: She is one of our adult students who will help us run the programs and bring two of her own children (Shoti and Rezi).
Tatia: she cleans our center and will help us with lunches during the kids program. Pray that we can have meaningful conversations with her during this week.
“…we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8b
Pray for sweet times of sharing and connection with our local friends.
Summertime is fruit time! We are blessed to have access to delicious, inexpensive fruit in the summer months and we enjoy it so much (especially our kids). However, in the winter months the fruit selection is quite sparse, so we’ve learned to preserve fruit like the locals. In what has become a summer tradition for our family, our dear friend Tsitso came to our home and oversaw the canning/jarring process for several types of juice and fruit. Pictured below is the “cherry harvest” and peaches are next on the list!
This month has been a great time to step back and re-focus on areas that need to change for the new school year! One area that our household has been challenged with is how we will grow deeper in the Word. After some difficult news of losing co-workers, we have been encouraged to lament deeper, more intentionally. Last week, during a conversation with colleagues, we were challenged to pray more regularly for our students/friends here that don’t know the Lord. We have had personal times of deeper prayer and more honest conversations with the Lord. Our routines are including more and more of His word as we seek Truth and His best for us and those around us.
The picture of these clippings with roots growing wildly and without reason to stop are such a good visual to how I want my relationship with the Lord to look.
July was especially hot here in the city (look at the 5 day string of high temps in the photo), and many of the locals escape the heat by heading to the mountains or to the seaside. We notice a real difference in the amount of traffic and the shops that are closed while people are out of town. Our team has taken the opportunity to enjoy family vacations and we are grateful for good air conditioners in our homes. The weather has actually gotten much cooler now in August and we’re ready for fall and the start of school in a few short weeks.
This summer we have been stunned by the tragic loss of like-minded colleagues from a different organization. The details are quite murky and the developing story is very dark but the basics that we know are that Ryan, Lora and their 4-year-old son Caleb were killed while on a family camping trip in the mountains. At a local memorial gathering (pictured above), many shared about how they were good friends and served as great examples to us of invitational, incarnational living in this context. The memorial took place in a small park where Ryan had been working to get the local authorities to install a playground for children (that’s why there is a playground picture below the family picture). Pray for their families as they deal with this devastating loss and for our team as we process the grief and painful emotions of this tragedy.
I have a sweet tooth—there’s no denying it. I love cake in any country, but the cake in Green Mountains is really delicious. With just the right amount of sweetness, fresh fruit, cream, and chocolate—you really can’t go wrong. This display case at our favorite, local cake shop gives you just a glimpse of the treats that we enjoy.