We got to the village around 7:30 a.m. this morning. Camp started at 9, but the boys were ready at 7! We kept the five stations going: 3 drill stations, a snack/ verse time, and a testimony. Today college baseball players and students Kal Miller and Mitch Carriger spoke to the young boys. Mitch spoke about baseball and how we should always be motivated to try harder. They named famous major league Dominican baseball players, emphasizing that these men were passionate about Jesus and using their talents and abilities for Him, and the boys can be as well. The campers hung on to every word, as it is very important (and rare) for the boys to see strong Christian men. The women were able to share testimonies with the ladies of the village. The sense of community and closeness in the group was noticeable. They took turns sharing how God has changed them. Many stated that before they met Jesus, it was a war zone here--fighting and stealing. The women hunger to know more and understand the Bible better. They praise God for the small things we take for granted and feel spiritually rich. They praise God who provides for all of their needs. Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God. Many of them learned how to read from reading their Bible, and would smile and join in when someone began quoting their favorite verse. In the afternoon, we had a heavy rain. This was much needed, as the ground has been very dry. This did make it more difficult to get to the village on the slick muddy roads, but God's plan will always prevail. We have been reminding each other this whole week to be flexible and open change. This was definitely put into action when we saw the fields we use completely covered in water! We turned the outfield into a smaller diamond, used tennis balls instead, and shortened the schedule. God has definitely been surprising us with things we never expect, but it always works out better than what we were planning. And this was definitely the case. We are definitely noticing leaders among the campers, and watching them step up has been awesome. Yerel, an older boy, has started coming to help with the camp for younger boys. We have one boy, Luis Mangel, who was getting picked on by some boys. We put him in another group and asked one boy, Hairon, to watch out for him and protect him. Hairon has done a great job. The men noticed quite a few players whose abilities stood out. We are all looking forward to our cold showers! Tomorrow is our last day of camp.
1) Men of the village to step up, be leaders, and mentor others
2) Women of the village to be obedient to Christ and for their changed hearts to be evident to their husbands and children
3) Joyful hearts not contingent on circumstances
4) Health, rest & energy
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." -Matthew 5:8