I have a climbing tower in my backyard. (Check out the new banner up top!)
Even though it has been weeks in the making, the reality still hasn’t sunk in quite yet. However, it has already been a blessing having a climbing surface just yards away instead of hours away! On Friday when we wanted to go to the pool for swim lessons, we found it empty and so decided to spend the entire afternoon on the tower instead. You should see the looks of joy and accomplishment on the boys’ faces when they get to the top. they literally start dancing or let out loud whistles or yells to mark their success; we’ll try to capture it on film at some point, but for now just try and picture that. God is already using an assortment of wood, screws and cables to heal our boys. It’s amazing!
We barely got the thing finished. Michael was still running me and Anna through training as the team sent up our lunches in a bucket on a rope and the bus to take them all to the city sat waiting. Despite multiple setbacks due to poor quality screw tips and running out of screws and lumber, the team had a goal, and they met that goal. I am also indebted to them for their constant encouragement and support in coming down to accompany us on some of our summer adventures. The boys that came with us loved every minute, and I know there was a lot of team bonding and closer relationships with the boys were born out of our two camping trips.
We did make it to the pool on Saturday, and what I had planned to be two shifts turned out to be three smaller groups with which I was able to work a lot more closely. The boys are really reaching a level where they are able to swim all three strokes well. Michael has completely mastered all three, so I used him as a model for the older boys who haven’t had as many lessons due to classes getting in the way. I literally had no discipline issues at all, which is more than a minor miracle, and was really refreshing for me. I was able to just give pointers and encourage kids who were finishing each segment of their workouts. It was awesome.
The NCC team blessed us as CIN and BLC staff in many ways during their stay with us. We loved that they did team devotions twice every day and that everyone was invited to give their testimony, including all of us. We felt drawn in and made part of the team and were refreshed by their enthusiasm and heart for service. We admired how involved they were with the kids, investing every spare minute in games or activities or even just down time with the boys. Their attitudes were spectacular; very uncomplaining and flexible, despite multiple situations in which we needed them to be just that.
Some prayer requests for this week, and maybe month:
- Energy, power and joy for those of us left behind by our two holiday missions trips =)
- For God to use the remaining camping trips and other adventure activities to heal, challenge and grow our boys
- For an enthusiastic and obedient spirit for all the boys for what’s left of the summer
- For official approval to take 5-7 boys to the survival camp in February
- For God to provide several new supervisors who are Christian, honest, responsible and committed to loving our boys and helping them grow
Be sure to check out the media gallery which is chalk-full of photos from the recent missions trip, as well as our other tabs up top. I’ve done a bit of updating.