Thank you for following our Egypt journey and for your faithful prayers for our team. We are having a wonderful adventure, God is at work, and we can feel your prayers!
Our 4th day of camp started early with a tradition at Wadi called the Cross Carry. Each cabin of 12 campers works together to carry a large wooden cross around the entire camp property 3 times. For this hour and a half activity, worship music in English, like “Lead Me to the Cross” and “Mighty to Save”, is played on speakers throughout the camp. This was physically challenging as well as an emotionally and spiritually moving activity for all. Many campers were overcome with emotion after carrying the heavy cross together and understanding the significance of it in a new way. Then they stood all 20 crosses up in the central part of camp and heard a talk from the founding pastor of the camp about what Jesus did for each of us on the cross.
After a typical Egyptian camp breakfast (scrambled eggs, beans, and pita bread), we headed out to coach our Majors for the day. My coaching role is to float to different sports each day as they need help. Today I joined the Basketball major with Reese and Wyatt. This was fun to meet a new group of campers, and also challenging as they were all exhausted from the Cross Carry earlier that morning. At the end of each major, we share a short devotional and verse with the campers. Today we had the campers share what they had learned from the morning Cross activity. 3 kids shared openly with our group, 2 in Arabic and 1 in English. Micky, a 16 year old male camper who speaks English very well, shared with such passion and clarity about the whole meaning of the cross. This spoke deeply to my heart. God is so cool like that when He teaches us truths from those we came to serve.
Another fun part of our camp day is Pool Time, which happens for an hour right before lunch each day. Campers and staff swim, listen to fun music, and play different yard games around the pool area. My favorite is the game 9 square, so I spent most of pool time playing with a group of energetic campers and some of our American team. This time is fun, relaxed, and a great time getting to know each other. The relationships are the BEST part of camp. These joyful people are so accepting and loving to us. They share their stories and their faith openly and with authenticity. I love that! I am challenged to be more like my new Egyptian friends in this way when I come back home to Texas.
This afternoon we played a camp wide game of Dragonfly. This game was a little like flag football and capture the flag mixed together. The Alpha Team competed against the Omega Team while wearing flag football flags. The goal was to try and score the most points by running from their side of the camp to the other team’s base without getting their flag pulled off. This game was FUN, FAST, COMPETITIVE, & EXCITING. As a Nurse, these type of camp games where campers run at full speed across the desert terrain with many obstacles to avoid make me a bit nervous. Especially considering the closest hospital is in Cairo about 1 ½ hours away and the fastest way to get there is in your personal vehicle, not an ambulance. Thankfully, we made it through this game with only minor scrapes, bruises, and sore muscles.
My time in Egypt has been more fulfilling than I ever expected. From the day I arrived here, I have been surrounded by the PEACE of God in many ways. From the love for Jesus each staff member has, to the openness of the campers to their American coaches, to the physical and spiritual safety of those who have the privilege of coming to Wadi, God’s presence is felt in powerful ways. And I know … God’s hand of favor is on Wadi Sports Camp in Egypt!
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