Sunday, July 26, 2015

Open Eyes, Open Ears, Open Hearts

Somedays the kids here surprise us. During communion at the service today Przemek played Open the Eyes of my Heart. The communion songs here are done as just instrumental versions. We've sung these songs at camp before so the kids, especially those who have been here in previous years, know the words. They began singing it softly, but loud enough to be heard, without any words in front of them. It was beautiful. Almost all of us had tears in our eyes.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Itty-bitty, Itty-bitty, Itty-bitty Froggy

Froggy is one of the most popular songs we sing at camp. To go with one of our lessons, today we made origami frogs. The kids all really enjoyed it. Even the boss's daughter.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Blessed Be

One of our new Polish counselors, Mirek, playing his accordion.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

To Poland With Love

In 2012 I was a broken person. I was still in the process of recovering from the loss of a job, waiting to start a new position, and grieving the deaths of my grandparents the year before, a grief that was far more public than I was comfortable with, when a blurb in my church's announcements caught my eye. I never thought I would be the type for a mission trip and I knew next to nothing about Poland, so I can't really say it was a country that was high on my list of places to visit, or truly that it was on the list at all. But I felt an inexplicable pull to come. I needed something new in my life and it seemed like the best way to honor the grandparents I loved so much, the couple who met at a mission festival as teenagers. I fell in love with the country and the people and continued to come back. Many of the people I met in my first three years have become some of my best friends who encourage and inspire me daily. Now as I begin my fourth trip to the camp and reflect on the sequence of events that began with that January day in 2011 I realize that in the last four years I learned that my heart can endure more pain than I ever thought possible, but also that it can hold more love than I knew. I ♥️ Polska.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Water Day

Fourteen hundred water balloons, thirteen water cannons, a dozen water guns, and buckets of water provided the ammo. Forty-five students, twelve American teachers, and twelve Polish counselors provided the targets. Water day is always one of the students favorite activities. No one stays dry on water day. This year we went beyond our traditional water balloon fight and added water guns that the American staff brought to camp. This addition enabled everyone to get wetter even faster.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hike Day

Hike Day is best told through pictures, though even pictures cannot do justice to the beauty of this place.

Little Frankenstein

He's the troublemaker, the clown, the one who just won't calm down, but mess up his hair, dress him up, put him in front of a camera and he becomes the perfect Frankenstein for his class movie. We have such wonderful group of students. All of them are so talented in different ways and they never cease to surprise us with their capabilities. Each day here is truly a blessing.