First of all-HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAYDEN!!!! Whoop!!! It is midnight in Egypt. We just had a cake delivered to the camp, Greg is playing guitar, Coleman is showing Wyatt something on his phone that is playing “Eye of the Tiger” and other than that, all is good in the world!
Earlier in the week I was on the top of our building reading in Psalms 19. “The heavens declare the glory of the God: the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” David later writes that “the sun rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat.” The sun was rising over camp as I read that and it made me smile knowing how hot it would become. However, my weather app has updated everyday since then that it would be significantly hotter than the previous day…so I am now looking for verses that have to do with a cool breeze or clouds or anything.
So my day started with football majors down on the old field with Gabe…this is Grady writing by the way, just in case you were wondering. We have 18 boys eager to learn the game and compete against each other. I have been here a number of times and it truly does fill me with joy to work with these young men and hope and pray I can reflect the Lord to them. From the football field we went to breakfast to eat eggs and beans. I then reffed beach handball with my fellow coaches Kim and Kaylee. In the sand the heat comes from above and below! Our other coaches were clutch in bringing us water in-between games. Pool time came at just the right time at that point! Hayden and I set up the game yardees (or yardis) which involves a pole with a small platform which balances a plastic bottle of…coke…definitely not beer. You throw the frisbee back and forth trying to knock off said bottle of beverage. If you successfully knock off the bottle you get points but the other team has a chance to catch the bottle to save points. Hayden and I promptly lost to team Dubs after we set up the game…bummer!
After pool we had a nice fish fry. I love that they will have rice and French fries. Break time brought a nice nap as the temperatures really got oppressive. Afterward the campers payed some sort of a capture the flag type game around the whole camp. Apparently there was a small scuffle but nothing too bad. Hayden, Wyatt and I then reffed an intense game of basketball between the Alphas and Omegas. I believe the Omegas won.
By the end of the night the campers had a “Hunger Games” challenge. I’m not exactly sure how to describe the game, but I’ll do my best. In a very dramatic scene, a line of fire was lit with a bag tied off to the side. If a string was cut the bag would swing across the fire and ignite. Campers were chosen to answer trivia questions about the history of the camp and if the answer was wrong the string was cut. I think that was what was going on…it was in Arabic and a lot of theatrics were involved. I’m pretty sure one of the questions was, how many times has Geoff been to camp? And I think the answer was 12. I may actually be way off the mark on what was going on but it was fun to watch the spectacle!
It was a great day! Gregg and Cate shared their story of how their year has gone and how they came to be in Egypt. And then we ate cake and sang “Happy Birthday” to Hayden. I can’t tell you how much I love this place and these people and these fellow coaches! I feel blessed beyond words and I hope a very bleary eyed coach can do his best to describe the love I have for this place! And I assume if you are reading this you are invested in some way and I am absolutely grateful beyond belief. Thank you so so much! Shokran! Ana bahebek!!!