VBS Day 1

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Above: Our daily meeting point-the local community center with all of it's communist flair. After the kids signed-in, we took the 30 minute journey to the cabin in the mountains.

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Above L: The literal translation is "God brought you"-which Hungarians use for "welcome!" Above R: Janka (a key person in planning and carrying out the VBS) helps lead a time of singing.

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Above: Julika (gifted in creating themes, games and crafts related to VBS) teaches today's Christmas Scripture verse. "But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, for I proclaim to you good news that brings great joy to all the people: Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:10-11)

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Above: It was a mixed day of rain and sunshine. We are thankful that the kids were able to play outside for game time and we were able to teach them while it rained.

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Above: After the rain stopped, the kids had some fun with bubbles.

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Above L: Fun and games related to today's teaching. Above R: Unfortunately we had a few who were injured or sick today. Thankfully 'nurse' Brenda was prepared to comfort them and tend to their needs.

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Above: Heading back home for the day. This is the mud that my vehicle was stuck in for half the day. We praise God that the sun came out after 4:30 pm and began drying up the ground just enough for my vehicle to escape.

We praise God that all the essential things we needed for camp were able to be delivered on the muddy roads. For example, lunch would have been a disaster if we couldn't make it up the hill in the afternoon. But God was faithful to provide for our needs.

In our daily meeting afterwards, we talked about how many of the kids had a disregard for the leaders.Thankfully, this is not the majority of kids, but also not a small number. Many of the kids curse, and in the free-time we appointed, they were close to beating each other up. Once again we are confronted with the effects of sin and the consequences of families that are in need of Jesus Christ. Please pray that behavioral problems would not become a barrier to developing relationships with these children and leading them to know His love and leadership. It also became evident that many of the kids were hearing the true meaning of Christmas for the first time. Please pray for these kids to be filled with understanding this week, and to come to know the reason we celebrate!

Tomorrow, we will take a day trip to ranch where there will be horse back riding and times of teaching and games. Please continue to pray for this VBS!

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