Community Day today was a huge success and a great finish to our week at camp. We got the kids all fired up to invite their families to come out today and we were pretty stoked to see a good crowd walking up the road to the Ranch. All in all we had about 120 join us for a day of fun and games and relationship building.
We started out by gathering everyone to talk about what we did at camp and also the reason our team travelled so far to come to Nicaragua. We wanted to make sure they didn’t see us as the heroes, but Jesus as the hero and to know the hope of the Gospel.
From there, we got the camp kids back in their groups for some friendly competition. From tug of war, to the dizzy bat relay, water balloons and other races, we had a great time just letting kids be kids. And the parents seemed to really enjoy watching their kids have fun. We had time before lunch to fire up the zip line, had kids on the trampoline and playground and we also got a baseball game going.
Lunch arrived and the team got going serving everyone some delicious arroz con pollo. We make it a high priority at camp to serve the kids (and their families) as a way to show honor and display the Gospel.
From lunch it was time to do the pinatas, which are a special tradition here. We had 4 pinatas and let them go by group until candy was flying everywhere. And if that wasn’t enough sugar, we purchased 4 big sheet cakes to serve!
Next up was the water slide. A scream of excitement filled the Rancho as we gave instructions. The water slide occupied most of the kids for the rest of the day and it was awesome to see some of our old campers (who are teenagers now) join in on the fun. We even had some mom’s and dad’s give it a try as well.
We dismissed the kids for home and that left just enough time to tackle one project. The new bathroom was at the point where it could be polyurethaned so we put all hands on deck (literally) and got it completed. The masons also completed the walkway that we got going and so we came behind and moved all the excess dirt and now the pathway and driveway (dirt) are looking good.
It was a hot, sunny day, so most of us were pretty exhausted after our team time. Pray for a few on the team who aren’t feeling well. Pray that God would heal and restore them!