I don’t know if it’s because I have a bad memory, but I don’t remember being so tired and worn out at the end of each day like our team and I are this year. I’ve been asked by a couple of members about the rule on taking naps.
But on the flip side, we have been having a lot of crazy fun that has been the culprit of the tiredness. Lots of life-longs relationships are being built, some that we have already made and others that are new this year.
Yesterday we had our first team social at a beach in Broadstairs, whose claim to fame is that it was the first location in England to learn of the victory at the Battle of Waterloo. There we had some fish and chips and just chilled with our new friends and just had a good time. We threw one of our FBCR team members “American” football, walked along the shore of the beautiful beach, or just sat around and relaxed.
Today we had another great day in Morning Clubs, and in the afternoon we were able to hold the ever popular, highly anticipated Water Fight. We try to play some short water based games, but the children are already running around with their water guns squirting everyone in sight, and once the fire engine arrives it’s over- we lost them.
The Fire Engine is the main attraction because it pulls out the water hoses and just start blasting the group. It is quite a spectacle to watch and experience. Afterwards you are so wet that it feels like you jumped in a pool with all your clothes on.
Once again, this evening, each age group had a time that they could hang out and have an activity with the kids we’ve been working with all week. The group I am with (Super Trogs) had a time to hang out and make and eat pancakes- British pancakes mind you- they are more like crepes than pancakes, but they still weren’t that bad.
Again, at Epilogue tonight, again we had a meaningful worship experience. I could tell that it impacted a few of our (american) kids. I feel like it created a chance for our kids to love on each other and bond together.
I can’t believe this first week is already more than half over and it’s been a great experience so far. Be sure to pray for our rest that we can stay refreshed and ready to face the tasks of the day. Pray for a meaningful last two days of the week in that we can continue to present the gospel to these children we are ministering to.