Camp is officially over! We said goodbye to our campers last night and it was hard to send our campers back home not knowing when or if we would see them again on this side of heaven. When the bus pulled into the church parking lot it was so sweet to watch reunions of children and parents- Latin American culture places a huge emphasis on family dynamics and you could tell the parents missed their children a whole lot the past few days.
The last day and a half of camp was a success all around. We spent a big chunk of the afternoon on Monday doing team-building activities with the cabins. The counselors weren’t allowed to help, just facilitate the games. After the cabins completed them the counselors sat down and talked through what went well and what was hard about working together- it was a really creative way to talk through the ways the cabins were selfish in their approach of one another and praise the ways they communicated well!
Monday night the kids spent time facing their giants- the theme for the week. They walked up the hill at camp and came across different counselors playing as “loneliness”, “the dark” ect. Different fears that the kids have. We got to talk about the ultimate victory we have in Jesus Christ, how we are more than conquers!
““Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39
After they completed their walk up the hill we lit lanterns and let them fly away! But it was pretty windy and didn’t work very well…
The next morning we spent the morning in bible study, played some games in the gym and left camp after lunch. The week felt like it flew by and it was a quick change to be in the hostel in San Salvador now with only the Pine Cove team.
We have two days left and we get to explore the country! Stay tuned for all our adventures ahead. Please be praying for our campers as some of them go home to less than ideal situations. We are thankful that we have a God who comes with us and isn’t confined to the walls of camp. Pray that the seeds that were planted this week are grown even in environments where they don’t have encouragement from parents or siblings! We are so grateful for the ministry that happened this week.