Hello all! My name is Aubrie Elliott and this is my first time serving at Wadi Sports Camp. I am from Midland, Texas and I just recently graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a degree in Pre-Vet Biology. I played basketball all four years of my college career but somehow I coached volleyball during W3 camp! I can’t say I wasn’t prepared though, Geoff always told us to be flexible!
The last full day of camp was this last Monday (7/15) and it was so bittersweet! The day started with majors like always, and in volleyball we spent the hour playing several different fun games with the campers! Because it was the last day, each major was responsible for handing out three awards — MVP, Most Improved, and I Am Third. The I am Third award goes to the person who is able to put others first and show Christ’s love the most throughout majors! For volleyball, the I Am Third award went to a camper who was always willing to shag balls without complaining, who had the best attitude even when he would mess up, and who was just really enjoyable to be around! I could definitely tell this camper loved the Lord just by the way he played volleyball each morning so it was so special to get to recognize him for that!
Typically after majors, the campers go to breakfast and then have two sessions before going to the pool. But instead of sessions, we had a giant, Hawaiian themed pool party! Pool time is definitely one of my favorite parts of camp because it gives us coaches a chance to have intentional conversations with the campers and staff that we normally don’t have time to do. My conversations at the pool have been the most genuine, life-giving times at camp. After every conversation I am reminded of how big and faithful our God is! The same God who loves and takes care of me in America is the same God who loves and takes care of his people in Egypt. I have always known that God is consistent everywhere, but it wasn’t until this trip that I’ve truly been able to understand what that means! About an hour into swimming, the loud music playing was interrupted by the sound of the Hunger Games whistle, so each counselor had to pick a “tribute” from their cabin to compete in the games! The game for that day involved each tribute betting coins on different hidden items. Some of the mystery items included cheeseburgers, shaving cream, and a even plain old egg! While not every tribute was super excited about their winnings, they all had such a good time and it was so fun to witness! I am amazed at the way the Wadi staff has created such incredible games and events to meet the interests and cater to the talents of all the campers!
To be honest, the rest of the day was such a blur. There was zip-lining, rock climbing, wallyball reffing, dodgeball throwing, and lots and lots of dancing! It was such a fun-filled day that it was extra hard to have to say goodbye to our campers and the staff that night. At the same time, knowing that we’ll all be together again in heaven turns those “goodbyes” into “see you later’s.” What a special gift it is to be apart of the same family with people who live across the world! By the time things had finally settled down and all the coaches were in our lounge, I realized just how much I have come to love Egypt. The people at Wadi, campers and staff alike, exceeded every expectation I had! They loved well, they worked hard, they had fun, and I believe God was glorified through all of it! Through the Egyptians, I was reminded of how much fun it is to follow Jesus and the freedom that comes from Him, and for that I could not be more thankful! They will always hold a special place in my heart!
Tonight, I am writing from Rixos Alamein, a resort on the North Coast of Egypt. It is my third and last night here, but it’s safe to say I have already consumed more coffee than every finals weeks combined! Life here is really, very simple. We eat, we nap, we burn (sorry mom), and we laugh a lot! It has been so good to build even deeper relationships with my team while being here! Unfortunately, eight of my teammates left to fly back home earlier this evening (cue the tears) while the remaining seven of us will head back to camp tomorrow to finish out W2 with the A&M team and then coach W4. I know it won’t be the same without the whole team, but I also know that God is going to do some great and mighty things in the next two weeks! I am so excited to see what He has in store for all of us next!
So, to sum up, the last two weeks have been a party and a half. I am so thankful for the time I get to be here and the relationships I have built along the way! There is no other place and no other group of people I would want to spend my summer with! Real quick, I want to shout out everyone who have worked and sacrificed to make this trip possible! You are just as much a part of my team as the other coaches are, and I am so thankful for you!
With so much love,