Italy Update #6

‘Tis bittersweet!

Today was a great day at camp! We do stations Monday through Thursday where kids rotate through different fundamentals taught by coaches. Friday we play mostly games, do special competitions, hand out prizes, and just enjoy the last day by utilizing what the kids have learned throughout the week in a different way.

We also had several coaches give their testimonies. It is always great for the campers to stories of others and about how God is at work in their lives. It is a great encouragement for the coaches to also hear the other testimonies. Today was no different. The kids really had a great day today and it was tough to finish up and say Good-bye. On Fridays we always invite the parents to come and watch the activities and check out what their kids have learned. Today quite a few parents showed up for the closing program. The kids competed in some individual competitions and we also had a 3-on-3 tournament.

We give out prizes for the various competitions but we also give out the “Christian Character” award. This is awarded to the camper(s) that best exhibits the Christian qualities and characteristics we have been talking about all week. Today two well-deserving young men received shirts. They truly exemplified what we talked about all week. I would venture to say that they do not do it for the same reason that we do … to honor and serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ … but they have taken to heart what we have shared.

It is always fun to interact with the parents and take pictures with the kids before saying Good-bye. The coaches enjoy signing shirts for the campers and leaving a Bible verse with each name. You know those kids are going to cherish those shirts, so we trust that one day they will cherish the verses that sit next to those names.

We are excited about what the Lord is going to do in the lives of these kids and their families. There were some great young men and women and camp and once God gets a hold of their hearts, they are going to do some incredible things for His Kingdom. We just need to keep praying along those lines.

We just finished dinner (pizza) and are getting ready for our last game here in Imola. Should be a fun game and we are looking forward to competing and playing together. We head out to Florence tomorrow for the day before heading up to Venice to begin week 2. It is supposed to in the 100s next week and since we are going to be outside for camp (8:30-5:30), we could certainly use your prayer for that!

Last night we had a blast watching the Italy-Germany game with our missionary hosts. You can imagine the commotion on the streets on our walk home with all of fans cruising the streets, honking and yelling in celebration. Looking forward to a great final with Spain. The other basketball team from Push The Rock is in Spain right, so I guess we are going head to head in a way:).

Thanks for your prayers. We appreciate them and ask that you keep up the great work!

To God be the Glory!

Chico for the team

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