The Life of Coleman

 

Hi There!

My name is Coleman Kerr and this is my first year being at Egypt! I am going to be a sophomore at Southwestern University where I study business and also play football. I grew up at a christian camp it has been amazing to be apart of another one this far away from home. It gives me hope realizing there are so many people who love Jesus half way across the world. 

Along with Hayden and Anna I am coaching Ultimate Frisbee. Like Anna said, we have SOO many campers. Learning everyone’s name may take a day or two more, but I enjoy the challenge. It is so rewarding to see the campers improving on their frisbee skills with just two days of practice. 

Day two was full of excitement because it was our first full day of camp with the campers. Together as a camp, we played a game called survivor where cabins had to compete against each other at different games across the camp. The game I was in charge of go a bit muddy. Campers had to crawl around in a mud pit completing obstacles and eventually had to throw a ball in a container up in the air. To end the day, the cabins participated in something called Cross Walk. Each cabin had to carry a wooden cross together in laps around the camp. Even though the cross was heavy, that isn’t what they were focused on. They concentrated on, as a cabin, getting the cross where it would be put into the ground in the center of camp regardless of the weight on their shoulders. I love how we all got to think about how Jesus felt when he had to carry his cross to calvary when he also was not thinking about the weight on his back but instead completing his mission here on earth which was to be nailed to that cross to take on the weight of our sins. 

I have only been in Egypt for a week and only been with campers for a day and a half, and I can already see how God is moving throughout camp. He is more present in this place than I ever could have imagined, and I am so excited to see how lives here are eternally changed. 

-Coleman 

 

CAMPERS CAME TODAY !!!

Hello friends!

Anna Snell here, this is my second time at Wadi Sports Camp and I am incredibly excited to see again how the Lord’s name is glorified and made known through having FUN! One of my favorite things about this camp is how much thought and effort and creativity is put into making this the best camp in Egypt – all for the glory of God and for the purpose of sharing his love with every person that steps on this property. After a couple of days of intense preparation (mostly by the Egyptian staffers – their hard work to make camp happen is amazing – with the help of us Americans) the campers finally arrived this afternoon! The stoke was incredibly high when the buses rolled in today. Participating in welcoming the campers today was definitely an amazing experience, especially since I was able to come on this trip last year and recognized a few familiar faces! The look on the campers faces as they came into the hall where everyone was waiting to throw a giant party for them was incredible. The coaches, the counsellors, and all the staff earnestly desire for these kids to not just have the most fun ever at camp, but have an encounter with Jesus that changes their lives forever. One of the ways Wadi does this is through Majors! Time spent in Majors is time invested in relationships and opportunities to break down barriers so that us coaches and other staffers can share God’s love for each of these campers. Each camper chooses a major sport that they want to participate in to improve their skills and have fun. I have the privilege to help coach Ultimate Frisbee with Hayden and Coleman, who are basically pros, as for me, I just like to have fun 🙂 Today we had our first Major, where we got to introduce our sport and try to learn as many names as possible. I hope I can learn a lot of kids names and get to know most of them, but it will be hard since over 45 campers signed up for Ultimate! I am hopeful and trust in the fact that the Lord has gone behind and before me, that He is with me and all the coaches and staffers and campers, and that ultimately His name WILL be glorified and made known in this place. Please continue to pray for the hearts of the campers – that the Lord will use this fun and amazing place to draw them closer to Him. And also continue to pray for our hearts and coaches, that we would be pure in our motives and make the most of each opportunity to point others to Christ. 

For the fun of it, and for His glory!

Anna Snell

 

Day 3 Adventures at Wadi

Waking up in Egypt, the first thought to cross my mind is how unreal it is that I am here. I thank God in remembrance of everyone and everything that has culminated in our team’s time here. 

 

The next thought is what will possibly happen on our third day here with no campers and a lot of work to do before they arrive the next day. The first day here, I randomly stepped forward when Shady, the camp director, asked for two volunteers mid-afternoon. He led me and Anna Snell, a returning coach, to five wooden chests that needed painting and fun designs. We sat down and worked despite the triple digit weather, and painting has been my main activity since then. 

 

Teepee tents, tarps, booths, dunk tapes, and more random items all came across my paintbrush in bright colors of blue, green, purple, pink, yellow, etc. Egypt has been exactly like that to me: painting in the most spectacular colors that steal your attention and transform even boring doors into vibrant works of art. 

 

Today consisted of waking up early, playing games all morning in a relentless one hundred and ten degree climate, catching the final minute of an emotional Arabic prayer session, then painting in that same blistering heat. 

 

Painting has provided me quality time with the Egyptian counselors, who are all around college age, speak impeccable English, and are the friendliest humans ever to exist. I bonded with one counselor about our mutual love of winter, another tricked me into learning a dirty word in Arabic, and all taught me so much about life in Egypt. Going into this trip, I anticipated sunburns, fear, and disappointment. I have encountered the opposite with no sunburn yet despite the heat, feeling incredibly safe everywhere, and every aspect of this country from the air to the sand largely exceeding every expectation. 

 

After painting, we had lunch at two o’clock pm, took a break, and then played games with the team until dinner. After dinner, our incredible friend Shahir played on his guitar a Grammy-worthy cover of Chicken Fried by the Zac Brown band ?? plus a couple of songs of equal caliber in Arabic that were beautifully translated as he sang. 

 

As I left for the last thing on our agenda for the day (a meeting from ten pm to midnight), an Egyptian counsellor named Gabby and I chatted for a few minutes, but in that short time, I felt the weight of the Holy Spirit. We shared our excitement over the new campers and she explained that what happens here truly changes lives, a truth the counselors know so deeply that their prayers times are filled with tears and holding each other. Later, Shady would go on to elaborate about the broken family lives and societal pressures faced by the campers coming from a culture with a high divorce rate and increasingly young age for drug use. In that moment, I understood why I had signed up for this trip that my Young Life leader offhandedly mentioned to me in February. 

 

Coming from a broken home myself with a lot of intense family issues, I felt such a connection to these campers coming tomorrow. I want to yell at the top of my lungs how redeemable the truth of Jesus is to all who feel distant, how life-giving the will of God is. These next few days will be difficult and exhausting, but God is calling this team deeper to explore how passionate His love for the nations, for every child in Cairo. 

 

Thank you so much for all of the support so far, and I hope that everyone reading this has a fantastic day. I guarantee you that I am on either the other side of the globe or at the same camp as you smiling constantly.

 

Thank you for making it this far in my thoughts, which is a scary place to be 99% of the time, so congratulations on your accomplishment.

 

Having a great time,

Jacquelyn xx

 

Camp Staff Training at Wadi Sports Camp

Hi! Thanks for showing up again to find out what our 2nd full day in Egypt entailed!  Most of all, THANK YOU for your love, encouragement, and prayers for our team. I know that God is at work in BIG ways and can feel this team of 17 Americans becoming unified, bold and brave, and full of God’s love for the new people He has brought into our lives.

 


Today started early with an hour of sports competitions before breakfast.  We gathered with all the Egyptian staff and broke up into teams based on the month of our birthdays.  Then we played 2 different sports against another team to have some fun competition, get to know each other, and build unity.  I loved this part of our day! If you know me, you know that i LOVE to play games, especially anything related to sports. My team consisted of 9 staff with birthdays in March, 2 of us were Americans … my amazing niece Cate and me, and 7 Egyptians, some I knew from last summer and some were new to the staff.  We competed in a game of Wallyball first, and we played well, laughed a lot, and won . Then we played soccer against some very talented and competitive Egyptians and lost. What a fun (and sweaty way) to start our day and to meet many new friends from this beautiful country.

 

Another highlight of our day was setting up camp by putting together sports equipment and moving it to the right part of camp, painting carnival games and teepees for camp events, picking up trash, and meeting with our co-coaches to plan and prepare for the sports we will be coaching.  This summer I have the privilege of coaching TENNIS with Kaylee Gott, my awesome friend and our Athletic Trainer at Hyde Park High School. She will definitely be the expert for the sport of tennis between the 2 of us! I am excited to follow her lead to use the sport of TENNIS to build relationships with campers.  God reminded me today of this TRUTH: All people from every nation love sports. He can use the vehicle of sports to connect people, build trust, and share Jesus’ amazing LOVE.

 

Hope you enjoy these pictures from our day and are reminded to pray for us as we serve the campers and staff of Wadi Sports Camp.  We miss y’all and are honored to be on this journey! And we are all doing GREAT!  

 

Please pray for strength and health physically as we head into the last day before all the campers arrive.  Please pray for God’s protection spiritually as we do the work He has called each of us here to do. Pray for God to move in the hearts of campers as they start camp Sunday.

 

Thankful for Yall,

Carrie

 

Welcome to Egypt

Welcome aboard another Egyptian expedition. This 2019 edition of RRM-goes-to-Egypt team involves many seasoned veterans alongside some new players. We are beyond excited to get started on this adventure that is unlike any other. As I begin my fifth straight summer at Wadi Sports Camp, I am overwhelmed with emotions. There is no doubt that I am excited for endless reasons- to reunite with some of the kindest, coolest and most fun people in the world; to interact, teach, love, and grow with campers; to experience a different culture and language; to witness young Egyptians come to know, experience, love and begin a relationship with Jesus; to participate in some of the most unique, detailed and fun games I could ever imagine; and to witness the love of God work and move in this camp to just name a few. This excitement is also accompanied with nostalgia and wonder. Wonder in what this new trip holds for us, and what God will do this time around. Nostalgia in past memories that have been embedded into every part of this camp. Since it is my 5th year, I constantly reflect on how different each year is, how much I have grown since the beginning, how certain things never change, and all the different ways God has shown up on these trips. I am always blown away with how quickly each year flies by. These memories also teach me how my perspective on Jesus and God has changed, grown, and strengthened. While this time in Egypt is so special for every person who chooses to come, it is something so much more to me- something I hardly can grasp or explain. So… Let’s get started.

As many of you already know and have heard about, our trip began with the usual travel day. I always want to give a big shout out to Emirates airline because of their awesome movie selection they always offer on their flights. This year was no different- the choices were endless and all so good. By the end of our 14 hour flight from Dallas to Dubai, my movie watch count was up to five and my hours of sleep count was still at 0. But don’t worry, I was able to catch an hour of sleep on our flight from Dubai to Egypt (and watch two more movies). The flights went smoothly, and we got through customs with all our people in tact and almost all of our bags. They lost one of our crates, but we just got word that it will be arriving on Saturday. We made our usual pitstop at Carrefour (Egypt’s version of Walmart) and then headed to Wadi Sports Camp. We arrived at the camp around 10pm, so we unpacked the van and headed straight to bed. Today was filled with training and setting up the camp. Even though our focus was to get the camp ready, we still found plenty of time to play some of our all-time favorite team games- like frisbee, Psychiatrist, and lots of card games. After setting up most of the camp, we had a cookout dinner by the pool and caught up with all of our Egypt counsellor and staff friends. Next, we had an American coaches meeting where we went over the backbone of what camp will be like and how each major/game will be taught and reffed. We finished the day with a fun, yet competitive, game of Wallyball. This game is basically a miniature version of volleyball, but it is indoors and you are allowed to use the walls to bounce the ball off of (hence the name). Well, that is all I have to say so far… Stay tuned to hear about many more experiences and meet our awesome RRM team. As always, we cannot thank everyone who supported enough. Whether you gave your support through finances, encouragement, prayer, or just by following us on this blog- we want to say a gigantic THANK YOU. You make all this possible and you are every part as important as any of us that feel called to go. You are a part of this awesome RRM team so welcome aboard. Much to come very soon… Until next time, Peace!

-Hayden