Christmas vacation for the IBYM students comes to a close this week. We, however, have not been on vacation! Brian has spent the last week finishing up 22 brand new bunkbeds for camps. He built them himself and then had help putting them together. They will finish them tomorrow. Then, finally, Brian will be able to focus on the long-neglected day-to-day maintenance of the campus. He’s actually looking forward to just doing daily projects instead of large projects.
As for myself, I’ve been hanging out with Elena and getting our house under control. I think sometimes “work” can come in the way of just taking care of “life”! We’re working on potty training Elena. Some people think we’re crazy. We don’t care – it’s working! We have quite a ways to go, but at least we’re on the right track and changing fewer diapers. I’ve also been going over the Bible lessons and skits for camps because my life gets a little more busy starting Wednesday.
The students will be coming back throughout the day Tuesday and then I have all of them Wednesday through Friday, all morning and again all afternoon, to teach them the skits they need to know for summer camps. They will be learning a few different skits, some for kids’ camps and some for teen camps. I’ll also be supervising as they learn some choreographies. Some of the other kids are teaching the choreographies, but I’ll be there to make sure they’re doing them properly and keeping the kids in line. Only three days is not a long time to get all this stuff done!
Camps begin Monday the 16th. The kids arrive Monday evening and we begin Tuesday morning officially. The month of January are ages 6-12 and camps go from Monday evening to Saturday morning. I will be teaching Bible lessons for the 6-8 year olds Tuesdays through Fridays, then also doing the application during the bonfires Friday nights. I’m a little nervous – I’ve never taught in Spanish before! But, I love teaching 6-8 year olds and they’re normally a little more forgiving of grammatical errors. 🙂 It should be fun, though.
The students will take turns traveling to do camps in other cities – one group will be gone one week, another group the next, and so on. Then the third year students will be gone all of February to do their missions trip to Iquitos.
Be in prayer for the students if you think of it. From talking with them, their favorite job is not normally being counselors. The kids can be kind of rough and it’s very tiring to be with all day and all night all summer. We can have upwards of 200 campers a week, too! Summer’s a busy time!
Watch our blog for continued updates and pictures on how things are going!