First of all, I am so blessed to be here in Egypt. After taking two classes with Geoff at UT this past fall semester, he casually told me about his trips here to wadi sports camp at the end of the last class. Over Christmas break, I continued to feel led to pursue this trip further. I mentioned it to my parents and they had mixed emotions about the idea, but as always, they supported my ultimate decision. I prayed about it and realized God really wanted to use me and my love of sports to influence and build relationships with these kids, as well as grow stronger in my own faith. After being here at camp for four days, I am fully convinced this is exactly where I’m suppose to be and God’s plan.
Coming into this camp, I had originally planned on coaching swimming and was so excited for the opportunity to coach a sport that has played a major role in my life. However, unfortunately only a few campers signed up to do swimming as a major, so I had to switch to volleyball, a sport that isn’t one of my best and I don’t know much about. So far it has been great though and I am enjoying the challenge of providing the campers with volleyball instruction and making it fun.
Today was a day of perseverance.Throughout the day, I was often reminded of the verses Romans 5:3-4 and James 1:12. The day started at 6:00 am for the campers to participate in the crosswalk. The crosswalk is an activity in which each cabin, which consists of 8-12 campers, carries a wooden cross (10-14 feet in length and 4-6 feet in width) around the whole camp. Each camper has to be touching the cross during the whole walk. The walk was over an hour today as the sun was coming up and it was already getting hot outside. At the end of the walk, each cabin put their cross into the ground and did a small devotion at the base of the cross.
After a great breakfast, an activity called champions league began. Each cabin designated campers to compete in events including kan-jam, beach volleyball, soccer, basketball, dodgeball, volleyball and ping pong. The coaches and staff members also formed a team to compete against the campers. Out of our team, some of us were refs and the others were able to play and compete. There were 5 twenty-five minute sessions in the morning, where we rotated and played/reffed different games. I was lucky enough to be able to play all the different games. It was very hot and tiring, but also so rewarding to participate with the other egyptian staff members and use our different talents in order to win. (And I was informed before playing that the staff doesn’t lose games so it was very competitive!) The champions league continued later in the afternoon with 5 more sessions.
Before the second champions league, we had an amazing gathering time where Greg and Grady played their guitars and sang a song called The Host of Angels. They were both great! The lyrics really touched my heart and went along great with the crosswalk the campers had this morning.
Tonight’s activity was called iWars. The campers participated in games that resembled iPhone app games in real life, such as heads up, shazam, logo quiz, instagram, trivia crack, and where’s my water. I helped out at the dunking contest, which was based off of the app slam dunk king, where they jumped on a small trampoline onto a mat and tried to come up with the most creative dunk. It was so cool to see all the different activities they had set up. The camp staff really does go above and beyond on all these games to create such a fun environment.
Thank you all for praying for us and keeping up with what all we are doing at Wadi Sports Camp through this blog. I pray that we can continue to create positive relationships with the campers and resemble God’s love through everything that we do.