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Thursday was another beautiful day in Chame. It started for some of our team at 6:30am with the chance to help out in the kitchen cracking 600 eggs and prepping sausages. It is always amazing to me to see Blanca cook for 300 people but have it seem as though each meal was made for just a few.
Following breakfast we participated in the first part of the morning program – singing – before heading off for our group devotional time. We had a chance to share testimonies and observations about the trip and how individuals were being impacted. This was a time to connect on a deeper level as a team.
The cooling January breeze was absent for most of the day, but that did not slow anyone down. The boys had their chance to make the craft with many of our team assisting with individual rooms “cuartos” or for most of the afternoon. We played soccer, basketball, volleyball and groups continued with the zipline and swim. Some of us started to prepare for tomorrow evening’s Carnival.
The climax of the day, and really the spiritual part of the week, was the evening where the group met around a huge bonfire to sing, share testimonies and offer the campers the opportunity to accept Christ.
It was a truly stunning night, under an almost full moon. Many, many children stepped forward to consecrate their lives to the Lord. To represent this time and their decision, each child threw a stick into the fire. They then went off with their cuartos to talk with their counselors about their decisions. It has been very moving, all week long, to see to see the children with their bibles, one-on-one with the counselors asking questions, looking up scripture and talking about their faith.
After the campers left, the teens and staff had a time to share their praises and request for prayer. It was such a blessing for us to be a part of this time of sharing. It is an honor and a blessing to be able to spend a week here in Panama at the WOL camp ministering to and being ministered to by staff and campers. Our hearts are filled with joy and rejuvenated in service to the Lord. Thank you for all those who supported us and allowed us to be “sent”.
The evening concluded with s’mores by the campfire and competitive volleyball games under the gym pavilion. As I looked around last night, I saw many old friendships being strengthened and many new ones forming. Our lives and our hearts are forever changed by these relationships and mission opportunities.