If you haven't heard, in mid-July I went to Kyrgyzstan. Our church has a long term committed relationship with a church in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. This was the 3rd year our church has sent members of our church to help the church in Bishkek run their summer camp. It's exhausting work and a tremendous burden to care for 120-190 kids for 4 weeks. The church there needs help. In fact, they asked us to come. We were there primarily to support the church staff and volunteers who ran the camp. And with so many kids, we were there to help wrangle and connect with them. We also offered a unique selling point of the camp, the opportunity for the kids to practice English with native speakers. We were also able to provide art materials - paper, pencils, scissors, glue, crayons, and markers. And we had a tremendous art teacher prepare and teach the art. The kids churned out some spectacular art projects. The hiking team brought tents, sleeping bags, and other camping items for the men's retreat.
Every day at the camp was very busy. Even the teenage leaders in charge of the 11 teams of kids were worn out at the end of each day, but they were doing this for a month! I taught a dance every day. One of the members of the church leadership thought "Can't Stop the Feeling" would be a good song to teach a dance to. So I researched and found what I thought was some good choreography. Then I had to learn it myself (reversed so as to mirror correctly) and teach it to the kids. Fortunately, I found a free app to slow down the song so we could practice the dance moves more slowly at first. I broke a good sweat every day in learning and teaching the dance. We also helped prepare and clean up crafts, washed the dishes (100's by hand), and swept and mopped the floors. Our team manned the pools, played a blood-letting dodgeball, and played board games with the kids. We bookended each day with meetings and prayers.