The Lord has really blessed us with beautiful weather. The North American teens are enjoying the warm, but not too hot days and the cooler evenings and nights. Today (Thursday) is our last day of teaching classes to the Russian teens. We have taught the teams several dramas, a few puppet songs with choreography and have helped them with their music classes. The Russians love to sing and perform skits and have done a great job sharing them with us in the evening rallies. We shared the drama, The Cage, last night in rally.
Canaan, Matt, Holly, Josh and Carly have all had the opportunity to emcee the rallies and of course, the Russians are always excited to hear the results of Mr. O. C. (Canaan) and Miss Piggy (Holly). They are improving with their skills in running the OC and keeping their tents cleaner.
Tomorrow night (Friday) is Commissioning, so the three teams will be packing up and preparing to travel on Sat. to their project sites. Please pray for them as they go out to share the Good News with everyone they meet.
This summer has already become the most difficult yet amazing summer I have experienced so far. Today was the last day of training for the Russian teens and it would take hours to retell all of the events that have occurred in the duration of one week. Our team has been working hard to teach music, puppets, and drama, but it has been quite difficult teaching when there is no translator available. Having been to Russia once before, one would think that I could catch on to more words than ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ but that is all I can comprehend. The popular game of charades has been moving around at this Boot Camp. Getting past the difficult language barrier, we have found that we are no different from these teenagers. We share many of the same hobbies and we have numerous things in common. But most importantly, we believe in the one true God. My mom has a saying that I hear from her often- she says “They will know we are Christians by our love”. I was reminded of this during devotions when I was reading in 1st John. Chapter 3 verse 18 says “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth”. This verse has quite frequently been brought to my attention throughout each day and I praise God that He reminds me of it. He taught me that even though we don’t share the same language, we can still love each other like Jesus through our actions. By loving each one of these Russians, I have been blessed to make many more friends and sometimes we don’t even have to speak to communicate.