Written by: Meribeth P.
The English idiom, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” is often used and holds true for most pictures. These pictures we are taking though don’t seem to say enough of the right words. They may be saying a thousand but it’s the wrong thousand. These pictures are full of nicely dressed children who don’t look like they are “in need.” It shows them playing games and making crafts. Some of you may be wondering just why One More Child is needed here? What the pictures don’t show is the hunger for food, even though they don’t look like it. These children are hungry. One girl hides food in her bag to take home and is constantly sneaking into the kitchen for another bite. You may chalk it up as so kids just like to eat but the tiny size of her tells the real story.
They are also starving for attention. Maris is a very quiet boy who when at home is ignored. Most days he spends his time on the computer and that is how he became fluent in English. He has a hard time interacting with the others and often has a frown on his face. He acts like he cares about nothing childish we do. Remember he is only nine. After five days at camp however, the little boy is shining through. This last day he has attacked the adults with tickles and hearing his giggles as he makes us squirms is worth it. The act of getting this child to smile feels like such an accomplishment each of us.
The picture shown here was taken right after he had tickled me, and we caught him in the middle of a giggle. All day I’ve been showing the other leaders, “Look have you ever seen him smile??”
The last day is my least favorite day. Yes we get pizza and ice cream, but I am heavy with the realization that I most likely will never see these children again this side of heaven. Little Nik ia seven years old and has my heart this week. As the youngest he was very unsure of himself and just wondered around not joining into any games. One afternoon I pulled him aside and got him to color a picture with me. We have colored six since.
The last day is also my favorite day because it is the day we finish the story and really hit home the Gospel. Using the Salvation Bead Bracelet, we pray we are doing the story justice and really getting through to the children. The Holy Spirit is working here. In the last blog you can hear the story of Līga– if you haven’t read it it is well worth the time. Today Alīna begged me for a bracelet so she could tell her little sister the story of Jesus. It is these things that make what we do worth it!
Yesterday Zanda, the wife of the Baptist preacher and Sunday school teacher came to tell the children about all the fun things she does throughout the year. The preacher and Zanda were an instant hit when they pulled up to the site in an old-school hippie van. The children fell in love with her and our plan is to try to follow up with the campers so they can get connected to a church. Please pray that these children will answer the call of Jesus and be excited about the Gospel!