Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Hey, this is team Ivcha: Heather the ice cream girl, Jasmyn the singing queen, Stephen the "focus" (trick) master, Stephanie the sleeping momma, and Chance the falling tree. Through out the night and morning, a steady rain drizzled; leaving the prospects of many children daunting. However, God had other plans for 55 children greeted us (an increase of double since the first day). Camp started with the welcome, songs, and Stephen showing illusions or Boobo. Stephen has faithfully opened and closed every day of camp. He turns the children's attention to our reason for camp while sparking their interest. For example, today he shared the gospel through a string which had two balls attached to it. One ball represented God and one ball represented man; God and man were created to be together but a knot formed in between them which is sin. Only through the cross (Jesus) can the knot be broken and sin banished. After opening was lesson time, teaching the need for christians to grow in their spiritual walk. Jasmyn helped in crafts, showed kids how to do songs, and lead groups of kids as they switched activities. Jasmyn uses her gifts of communication and service in lots of different extremely helpful ways. Heather also helped in crafts, met needs, and arranged the schedule. Heather is a good help in any need there is and a great worker; she's a wonderful asset to have on the team. Also today, three teenagers came to camp and they were invited to join the English camp in Litin. After crafts and games, we ended the day with ice cream. Yum! A wonderful camp. Prayer requests: The continued health and unity of the team The impact of Christ in the children and village That God's will would be done in everything

Yours truly, Chance and team

4 comments:

Mom Lachowitzer said...

Hi to All!
I'm surprised you had 55 kids when it was raining!! God IS Amazing!!
We will keep praying, I think of you all often as we are in the middle of our VBS in NOLA. (New Orleans, LA) we are down on kids but believe the right ones are here.
Love you Chance, Love you Heather!!! We miss you!!!
Remember the Vick's on your feet if the cough is a problem.
Praying for the team and the Ukrainians.
Lori

jillian davies mansell said...

Ms. Heather- I am not surprised to hear that you are a wonderful asset to the team! You posses this ability to be a complement to all those who are around you, which is such a beautiful and amazing gift. You remind me of the verse in Ps. 144:12, which says "Let our daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace"
God has truly fashioned you in such a beautiful and unique way for THIS team, THIS year, and for HIS delight.
I am sad that I didn't and won't be able to see you this summer, but I was so greatly encouraged by you this year at the FLOW!
I know God will bless your and the teams selflessness in an amazing unity and strength.
Praying for you all team Ivcha!
~jillian

whitewave said...

Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. Matthew 18:10,11

Hola to everyone, especially mi hijo :) What an awesome God we serve, He led 55 sheep from perilous places to grassy meadows and sheltered pools, how awesome is that. Through your blogging you have taught me that waiting is more an attitude than an activity. To wait on the Lord is to trust in him. Psalm 27:14 comes to mind: Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! WAIT... four letters that give us a promise a promise of strength. Rest assure that your prayers are lifted on high and that righteousness in the "TRUTH" = IMPACT. Stephen, we are truly missing your spirit, take care and know that God is before all things.

con carino tu papa y mama :)

Morgan said...

yet again...this team is in one of my favorite villages! All three villages are the villages that I love and are dear to my heart! :-( But anyways, I see that God is doing amazing things in you guys! I just wanted to let you know that it may get huge in that camp...it has the potential of about 150 to 200...we have had it in that range the first year I believe...but anyways, as always, I am praying for y'all!