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