Sunday, July 20, 2008
Szatmarcserke Kids LOVE Camp!
The van was packed and our spirits were high as we headed out of Budapest for the little village of Szatmarcserke. Team TAG (Amanda, Anna, Cody, & Robert) were joined by Katie Beth Adkins (recent college graduate and daughter of our colleagues, Clista & Glen) to provide a week of children's camp. This was a first for the tiny church and the first day 14 brave children came not sure what to expect. With smiles and lots of energy we sang, told the Bible story, did crafts, had a snack, and played games. The next day the numbers doubled and as word spread what a great time camp was, our numbers tripled! The kids learned new songs like "Baby Shark", "Waves of Mercy", and "God is So Good". They helped reenact Bible stories like Noah's ark, the Good Samaritan, and Queen Esther. The children enjoyed the crafts of cross necklaces, visors, flying birds, and other fun things. Snacks were hastily gobbled or given to moms for safe keeping so everyone could run outside for games of baseball, soccer, 4-square, and jump rope. A few of the young boys were smitten by the team girls and presented them flowers on the last day. As we prepared to say good bye the kids asked why we couldn't stay another day or two. Some were tearful when we said it wasn't possible this time. Lots of hugs were exchanged and great memories formed. The Roma children received the message of God's love from the college students hearing the call to serve God in eastern Europe.