Today we conducted three baseball camps. The first camp was scheduled to start at 8 a.m. The boys (campers) were so excited and eager to start, they arrived over an hour early just to be sure that they didn't miss it. The first camp was a learning experience. We are adjusting our plans to meet the time constraints and language barriers. We broke into groups based on age and practiced basic drills. It has been amazing to see God provide the translators we need. We also had a pastor named Roberto, who used to be a minor league player, come to speak. He shared his testimony of growing up with baseball success, coming to know Christ, and having the baseball taken away from him.
We had a small break in between sessions where we prepared more for our next camp for older kids. We divided into five stations: three different baseball drills, a speaker testimony time, and a Bible game/snack time. We definitely felt this second and third camps were more successful. The kids were silly, and we had a great time interacting with them. It has been amazing seeing God energize our men and the children responding so well. Even after the sessions were done, a handful of children hung around, and the men did a great job playing with them!
Our bus had a surprise flat tire before we came home, a reminder to keep in constant prayer for the little things. Three of our men had to stay while the rest of us we went back (the village isn't safe).
In the evenings, we look forward to our cold showers and devotional time. We talk about the highlights of the day and ways to improve our efforts. Each team member was asked to prepare one lesson, and tonight Teresa Goodhue spoke to us. She read from the book titled Jesus Calling, encouraging us that God works through our weaknesses and shortcomings.
1) Safety and health of the men on our team (young and old)
2) Translators and communication
3) Smooth transitions/ flexibility
4) Health, sleep, strength & energy for all team members