Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Summer Fun in Berencs & Kekcse!
"Yes Lord, Jo Ur, Si Senor" All the same song, just in three different languages sang by the Latino Youth of Virginia and the Roma kids of Berencs and Kekcse. The Latino Youth, part of the ministry of our colleagues, Greg and Sue Smith, came to Hungary the end of July to led children's backyard Bible clubs in the two villages of Berencs and Kekcse. The Roma kids basked in the attention of the Latino young people like the surrounding fields of sunflowers soaked in the sunshine of the summer days. The singing was exuberant with lots of motions, the story telling was interactive as the youth involved the kids (Moses led the children through the Red Sea one day), the crafts were fun, and the games never ending! Language learning was a daily activity as we heard Hungarian, Romany, Spanish, and English being spoken. Parents came to watch the activities and a few of the moms even participated in jump roping. It was a walk down memory lane to the days of their carefree childhoods. Soon the week was over and we boarded the vans for Budapest. With sweet goodbyes and a few tears, the Latino Youth parted having been the presence of Christ among the Roma children of northeastern Hungary.