Zdvizhivka camp — Friday

Ah, the final day of camp. Lots on the schedule, beginning with several of the moms, social workers and caretakers choosing to join us for the day.

After the opening gathering, we attempted to get all the children and staff together for a group picture. While in process, I took several quick shots. I look forward to seeing the picture that was taken once we all got situated!

Organizing for a camp photo

Organizing for a camp photo


My group became known as the green grasshoppers, though the kids just answered to zeleni (green). We were supposed to create a sign to identify ourselves, but how in the world do you get 20 little ones to cooperate on one project in a short amount of time? Well, we had a gal from another group draw us a green grasshopper to be the center of our sign. And then I asked each of the children to draw what they most enjoyed about camp this week.
Drawing their favorite things

Drawing their favorite things


We taped all the pictures together: one little girl drew boats (not sure which camp she went to!), some drew flowers, and a couple drew cows!
A princess

A princess


Following lunch we had our Bible time. The kids kept occupied by stringing beads into a “wordless” bracelet…each color representing some part of the gospel.
Wordless bracelets

Wordless bracelets


We went to crafts and retrieved the picture frames complete with portraits inserted. Quite cool. And then they each decorated a necklace.

By now some children were sporting their decorated T-shirts, gospel bracelets, necklaces and crowns. Not bad.

We gathered as a large group in the church so that the visitors could also hear the gospel and learn what they children had been doing all week.

We sang our song: Allelu, allelu, allelu, allelujah. Slavte Khrista! My little guys enjoyed squatting down and stretching up when singing the parts. Fun, fun, fun.

Slavte Khrista!

Slavte Khrista!


Jim’s group was older, and definitely had their acts together. It was obvious that some of the girls really enjoyed singing…and particularly enjoyed singing to the Lord.
Shout to the Lord!

Shout to the Lord!


After everyone had performed and the children had gone home (or boarded the bus), the team stayed for a shashleek — barbecue. Yum, yum, yum. We finally remembered to actually get a team photo at this point! (Better late than never!)
The team

The team


But one of my most favorite photos of the day had to be this one of Slava, our guitar hero!
Angelic

Angelic


Does that halo look a little askew?

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