Incredible Lectureship Week!

15 Commentsby   |  06.26.11  |  Pago Pago, American Samoa

Wow! What a week! Last week was the week-long lectureship that included a teen camp called Camp Alofa (love), the VBS, and the main speaker. It all went so well! We woke up Monday morning ready to go and headed off to Camp Alofa. It all started out with an hour of great devotional time of singing, a devotional talk, and the daily memory verse. I led the singing each morning and it was such a wonderful blessing to be in front of those kids doing what I love to do and watching them really getting into the songs. The Samoans love to sing and sing their hearts out on every song. It’s really a great encouragement. We played Ultimate Frisbee, had a speaker each day who gave a great lesson and activities each day, and learned some new songs at the end of the day. On Friday, we hiked 3 miles up to the top of the Mount Alava. It was a beautiful hike and not very easy, but every single person made it and we all had a great time during the week. Kristen and I acted as counselors/leaders and did what we were asked to do and helped where we could help. It was a successful first year of Camp Alofa and we look forward to seeing it grow and see what it will become in future years. It looks to have great potential. This year was only a day camp from 10-4 each day, but it is sure to become a week of camp where the campers come to stay for the week!

VBS was Kristen’s and my thing. We were completely in charge and had a great time. Each day we taught a different aspect of God’s love. To go into detail would take pages and pages, so a brief overview should suffice. We had about 50 kids each night. I think our lowest number was 42 and our highest was 57. Usually it stayed right around 47-48. We began with a few songs and had a memory verse for the week that the kids had memorized by the end of the week with no problem. We would then split them up into 4 color groups. Each of the groups would go to different stations: craft, activity, and story time. Two groups would go to the craft so they had 20 minutes there while the other 2 groups had 10 minutes at each station, then switched. The first day was ‘God Loves Me.’ Our big thing for the first day was the craft. Each of the kids had paint put on their hands and they positioned their hands so that the thumb and pointer finger on each hand joined to make a heart. Then we wrote God Loves Me in English and Samoan off the other fingers and took a picture of them for us to put their picture in the middle of the heart. We gave those back to them at the end of the week after we had time to put those together for them. They really liked those. Day 2 was God’s Love is Giving. We did thank you cards to God for that. Day 3 was God’s Love is Unfailing. I did the activity for that day. It was my favorite activity. We started with everyone in a circle just touching fingers. I told them that their fingers represented God’s love and that I was the Devil. I just walked in and out of their fingers and asked them if that was a good example of God’s love if I was able to just walk through it like it was nothing. Then they all held hands and, while it was harder to get through, with a little fighting I was able to break their hands apart and make the same point. Then they linked arms together and no matter how hard I tried, I could not get through their arms. They really liked that example and really understood it. God’s Love is Unfailing. Day 4 was God’s Love is Never-ending/Forever. They made bracelets with Kristen and they played follow the leader with me until we were in a circle that represented God’s love going around and around forever. Day 5 was God’s Love is Shining. It was a big day and it was a lot of fun. They made magnets for their friends and we played a game to show how quickly God’s love can grow if you just tell a few friends and they tell their friends. At the end of our time there we gave each of them a glow-in-the-dark cross that they wore. Kristen had a glow-in-the-dark heart wand and I had a night light in the shape of a heart. We all got in a big circle and turned out all the lights (the one light we had under the tarp we had VBS in) and it was just so cool. We sang This Little Light of Mine and some other songs and just had a blast.

All in all, the week went extremely well. Kristen and I are so blessed to have had such a successful time here and are looking forward to getting back to the states and presenting what we did to all those who supported us. We leave out of American Samoa on Monday. We could not have asked for a better summer…and it’s not over yet!

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