This is Heather the hippie reporting for Team Ivtcha (which used to be Team Giradisha and Gromatska). Today was the first day for Stephen and I in this village, but I think everyone else had been here before. Ivtcha is a larger village with a very prominent orthodox church. In past years, the orthodox priest has threatened the people to keep them from coming to the Baptist church. When we first got to the village, there were no kids there, so we split up into a couple of groups and walked the village inviting kids to come to camp. We didn't see too many, but within an hour, we had about 25 kids. But these kids were completely different than the past two villages!! This group was so quiet!! It was quite a startling change, but I pray that we'll be able to communicate effectively with them.
For lessons, Stephen taught the color gold and Chance taught black. They had to ask questions a couple of times before any of the kids would give an answer. Jasmyn helped out in crafts after that, and she said that it went great. Since we had such small groups, crafts didn't take long, so Jasmyn used her extra time by talking one-on-one with some of the kids and going more in depth about the themes of the day: gold and black.
We're praying that God will bring more kids tomorrow and that the kids will continue to pay attention during camp. We have lots of Ukrainian helpers this week, and they are doing a great job with the kids.