We are having a great time teaching and
getting to know the children here in Kiskunhalas. We have about 36
students. Today's bible story was about Jesus' birth and how much he
loves us. And the English lesson we taught them numbers 1-10 and
animals. We are excited to be serving here.
Today we had a very successful last day of
camp. We reviewed the Bible stories from the week and shared with
them the story of the crucifixion.
The kids made crosses as a craft and we
explained the steps to salvation.
The kids really enjoyed this. For English
lesson we reviewed vocabulary and the kids loved the games we
played. I really feel like connections were made stronger with the
kids. We also got to engage with the parents when we had a little
program for the parents and reception. It was a great week!!
|From Janice on Friday|
Over the past two days, I have visited four
camps in this our final week of the English Bible camps 2017. Each
camp was different and each had initiated additional programs and
teachers to meet the new demands of more students, adult classes,
and space demands.
In Nagyvarsany in the far
northeastern corner of Hungary, a small church held their camp in
their own village. In previous years, the church had sponsored camps
in nearby schools. So, these were new students. The church asked one
of their participants, Jeanne Ferren, to lead in an all-day women’s
conference on the Saturday before the camp. Jeanne said that she was
shocked to learn on Saturday that 180+ women had gathered to hear
her speak. Posters with her picture were up all over town. Some of
the breakout groups included topics such as adoption, infertility,
and how to be a good mother-in-law.
In Puspokladany, there were 70
students in both English and German camps. The church needed more
teachers, so they asked local missionaries living in nearby towns to
help. The young team from the International Baptist Church in
Berlin, Germany, were enlisted late but they came ready to teach and
serve and lots of the church’s own young people were there to help.
The church in Pilisvorsvar
couldn’t find a suitable space for their camp of 18 students, so
they went mobile. Everyday their team from Latvia caravanned with
the students, translators, and church leaders to a different town,
meeting in parks, at the lake, and in a variety of churches. When we
visited today, the pastor was cooking lunch in a huge caldron. The
kids loved going different places and the recreation was something
out of the ordinary.
We attended the closing parents’ program at
Sarosd, where a team from Amarillo has gone each of
the five years. In fact, three of the four people who have gone
every year have gone to this camp. They meet in a school. The
faculty and administers of the school are very supportive although
most of them are not believers. Yet every year adults respond to the
gospel. The school recognized the students who had attended every
year and after the program they brought in a huge cake with an
American flag motif. This year for the first time, a separate team
of six ladies came to conduct a Bible study for women during the
afternoon. Seventeen ladies attended and asked if they could
continue in the fall. One of the church women volunteered to
continue the Bible study at the school every month.
Today we had 46 in Sárosd with two more
coming tomorrow. Seregelyes added two more plus one more in the
German camp. Good day. Forgot the exciting news. Ladies group went
from seven to seventeen.
We are off to a good start at our school in
Sarosd. Only one class seems to have more students than we had
planned. Luckily, that is the class that Ann Heard teaches. She
has some good helpers, so she is able to get a lot done.
Yesterday afternoon was our outdoor sports
day. I was able to interest enough students to try their skills at
baseball. Some students stayed out with me for the entire two
hours. Others enjoyed working on projects inside.
Today is July 4, and we were encouraged to
decorate our rooms accordingly. In Larry O's older student group, a
couple of the students wore t-shirts with the U S flag on it. He
was able to play some American patriotic songs while he explained
some of the significance of this day for Americans. The students
also told him about some of their special national days.
Tomorrow we will have a chance to work with
some of the local craftsmen and artists after lunch. We will have
some folk dancers perform for the camp before gong to their craft
building to view their artistry. Afterward they will serve us a
Continue praying as we see God working in
the faculty and students.
The Sarosd Team (Larry and Ann Heard, Peggy and
granddaughter Breanna, Beth and granddaughter Autumn, and Larry
Janice, a good day today. A few more
students, not sure how many. Correction on Seragelyes. They had 21
students yesterday PLUS the 11 German students. 1 additional German
student today. Unsure if any in the English Camp. Larry Heard
We have successfully completed our fourth
day at this camp. Several of our teachers are a little concerned
about our students' program for the parents. We just have to trust
that the students will be ready by tomorrow afternoon.
This afternoon was more in the control of
the school teachers. A few of the students joined Larry O outside
to play baseball, but the heat kept them from playing as long as
they had wanted.
Yesterday afternoon some of the children got
to try their hand at some crafts. One craftsman showed them how he
put clay around a bottle and added other items to make it very
pretty. Another showed his students how to make figures from melted
lead. Some ladies demonstrated how to embroider. They let students
try it on bookmarks. Other women brought looms for the students to
weave a little. Another group let students glue the colored paper
stops into shapes. What a gift these townspeople were to our
A group of folk dancers performed
traditional Hungarian dances. They invited their American friends
to join them. Many accepted the invitation while others videoed.
We welcomed the teachers from Seregelyes for this part of the
afternoon. Then we walked to the craft building to view more of
their handiwork. The craft group also treated us to a meal.
The Sarosd Team
We students We had 6 new students today's
...66 total enrollment, is we had a German class again this year
then the student number would be about the same as last year.
In this picture, my students fingerprinting
those who matched the clues for who they whom they were searching.
(click picture to see full size )