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Tuesday (Lindsay)
Lindsay - Tue Jul 20, 2010 @ 10:49AM
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Having been to Ukraine four times in the past, I was fully prepared for a long, tiring trip to Rivne. I was fortunately blessed with a straight flight, few delays, and plenty of time to rest at the hotel on Saturday, before the rest of the group arrived later that night. The bus ride to Rivne was without any problems or delays. Though the weather was hot, and there was no A/C on the bus, everyone's spirits were high, and the trip seemed amazingly short compared to usual.

VBS_Monday
One of the concerns some of us in the group had about the children's camp was the ratio of children to group member. Our team is smaller this year than it has been in previous trips, and we were concerned that this would cause some difficulty with the children's camp. When we arrived on Monday, we were surprised to find that each group consisted of about eleven children. As our original thinking was that there were going to be about 20 per group, the small size came somewhat as a relief.

VBS_Monday
I have been working the craft station with two of the translators. Monday was a slightly crazy, but succesful day. One of the highights of the morning was when one of the children heard me mis-pronounce the color purple. I had taken a year of Russian, and had used Russian when saying the color, rather than Ukrainian. One of the little girls burst out laughing, and pointed at me saying "she doesn't know her colors." All of the children immediately moved to that table, holding up their markers and screaming the name of their color. Within a few minutes I had learned the names of the colors, and we were given an opportunity to tell the children where we came from and how we did not know their colors as we spoke English (The group consisted of mainly six and seven year olds. They still thought it was "funny").


We made animal masks that morning, representing the animals in the creation story from the story session. As each child colored their mask they took on the personality of their animal, starting to imitate their animals....we were soon being "attacked" by groups of animals growling at us and putting us in a "cage." While it was not what we had planned, it was a great way to get to know the children, and they had a wonderful time.

VBS_Monday


Tuesday came with a "gift" that brought a challenge with it. We woke up to cool air and thunderstorms early in the morning. The day was overcast, and breezy with some showers all throughout the first half of the day. As the heat had been close to unbearable all weekend and through Monday, the cool air and the breeze was definitely seen as a blessing. This did however bring a challenge with the camp. Both the craft and recreation sessions are held outside at the children's home. The teachers did not want us to move it inside, but within minutes of starting the craft with the children, it started to pour down rain. We were immediately moved inside, but were delayed for a few minutes as the teachers decided where to put us. Having had such an active group the day before, I was concerned about keeping the chidren busy through out the entire session so that they would not get too wild and upset the teachers. Amazingly, in contrast to the energy the children had displayed on Monday, we had three wonderfully calm and attentive groups throughout the morning. The children not only sat at their tables the entire time, coloring and making their nativity scenes, but they also questioned us and told us about what they had learned about the baby "Isus, Maria, and Yosepha" in story time with Jenny and Oleg. Overall, the past two days at the children's home have gone wonderfully, not as I had expected them to go, but better.

[Photographs by Dave]

Tags: VBS, Outreach, 2010
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1. judy thomason   |   Tue Jul 20, 2010 @ 02:20PM

Thank you so much for taking care of crafts, that was my area and i had a grandaughter who had a heart transplant on thursday. needless to say I had to be here i'm glad things are going well, hug all the kids for me

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