HI! It’s me Fulgham “Bow Butta” Bell! We got to gather as a staff last night to talk about day 1 and what we had learned. I was reminded of God’s command in 1 John 3:18 “Little children, let us live not by word or speech, but in truth and action.” With a language barrier here in Peru that verse has revealed truth to me because as counselors and staff it’s more challenging to communicate the Gospel through words.
Our love to these kids is shown in how we act. For me, that’s taken the shape of; hugs, playing tag, holding hands, washing dishes, playing soccer or carrying them on my back. It’s hard when words can’t be easily said, however it’s beautiful to show God’s love solely through my actions and trusting His will.
Today is our second full day in Peru and it was packed with fun activities, dances, crafts and “Muy Bueno” food (still learning my Spanish). At breakfast we welcomed the campers and the Peruvian counselors to lunch by cheering and dancing on our seats and then burst into a common Pine Cove dance, soldiers! The campers didn’t necessarily catch on to the moves at first, but the room was filled with smiling faces and whatever dance moves they could conjure up (so lots of swaying and jumping).
During lunch some of our staff participated in a skit with King Queso, a bunny, a zebra and a Zumba instructor. Currently King Queso is trying to steal all our queso but don’t worry our campers won’t let him.
For our afternoon craft we made pinwheels with bright markers. After we finished, a huge wind kicked up and the campers and counselors ran on the field to test their pinwheels out and they worked very well! The excitement was contagious!
With full confidence some campers put the pinwheels in their hair and I just know its gonna be a catch and trend in the USA soon. We enjoyed time at the pool where we had a biggest splash contest and threw beach balls and noodles around while being tackled by the happiest and most playful campers.
Headed back from the pool I looked around and recognized a new stunning view with a large green field, tall trees and glorious mountains spanning the entire area. I stopped and gazed at the beautiful site, because for two days I hadn’t seen it. I was puzzled because I had taken this walk at least 10 times since arriving, yet every time I missed this view, HOW?!? I realized every time I took that walk I was looking down. Looking down to see where to place by feet on the loose rocks; looking down nervous about what the week is going to look like; looking down worried if I was going to stay healthy or be excited for every activity coming my way; and lastly looking down questioning how I can share Jesus with campers that I don’t speak the same language as. Psalm 27:4 says “One thing I asked of the Lord, that I will seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.” I had missed the beauty of the Lord by being so inwardly focused and not trusting God’s call and will for me this week. His majesty and beauty was shining bright through His creation, yet I chose to ignore that and be discouraged by the uncertainty. I was reminded in Ephesians 1: 17-18 that the Lord gives me wisdom and reveals himself to me through His creation! He is faithful to continually enlighten me so that I may fall more in love with Him and fear Him more and more. I may choose not to gaze at His beauty but He incessantly shows me His grace and loving character through His creation.