I led the morning exercise today by teaching them some fencing moves. Josiah helped me to demonstrate.
Later, the children made dot paint pictures, beaded bracelets, and decorated scratch magic together. The counselors then took all the artwork and tacked it up outside on one of the house walls.
It was beautiful.
I would have joined in the exercise, but I wanted to heal quickly from the mild cold that I had developed overnight and thus be able to use more energy being with the kids, so I stood to the side and watched. The children ran around the open space outside the dining area, doing jumping jacks and various stretches led by Yunyun and the other camp counselors.
After introducing a new song to them for music class (one in English called “Deep and Wide”), we dove right into the crafts, which was decorating the painted frames with stickers and shaping model clay. Beth gave them instructions for both crafts, with the (only) bilingual teacher translating for her. We helped the kids to color the Crayola Model Magic with Crayola markers (we’re not sponsored or anything haha), and then rub the color into the clay.
At first, the kids seemed a little unsure of what to make. We told them they could make grapes, a banana, a dog, anything they wanted. I helped a girl make red cherries, and Beth made one of the kids a very cute little pink mouse. Suddenly, more people wanted little mice! And I couldn’t blame them; I half-wanted one myself. Beth and I made more mice for the other kids. A girl asked me to make her an orange cat (which I internally struggled to shape), but thankfully it turned out quite winsome.
I woke up, frozen in place. It was cold at 6:30 in the morning.
The children gathered outside at 7:40 to do some morning exercises. After a breakfast of millet congee, bao, you tiao, and an assortment of vegetables, the kids made their way back to the courtyard for music, which I was teaching. Mom translated for me while I taught them the songs “wo de peng yo zai na li” (which means “where is my friend”) and “Flowers of the Field”. They did fairly well for the first run!
When music class finished, we set up two table stations for crafts. One for painting photo frames, and one for stringing together a beaded keychain.
We arrived in Lanzhou, lugging our suitcases that were mostly filled with craft supplies, candy, and beanie babies for the children. It was warm, but not humid.
We ate a lunch of Lanzhou’s famous beef noodle soup with the children, then brought everything from the TFish office out to the sidewalk, where we waited for the bus that would take us to camp.
WALK LOCALLY, IMPACT GLOBALLY FOR CHRIST
9am-12pm, Saturday, October 28, 2017
Penitencia Creek Park, San Jose, CA
Please join us for the Agape Fish Poverty Walkathon! Your participation will raise awareness and funds for poverty alleviation ministries in East Asia. The donations and registration fees will go toward helping impoverished children and families who struggle to meet their basic needs. Please join us to walk the local 5k and make a global impact for Christ.
Agape Fish Fund partners with O'Keefe, which provides tutoring and mentorship to low-income students in East Palo Alto. This year we'd like to enrich 12 of the students with field trips to see a nativity drama and to provide school supplies for them.
Science and ice cream
The students enjoyed an evening of some great science and delicious ice cream! What a great way to learn while enjoying a yummy summer treat.
On Monday, August 14, 2017, Bonnie led an art class for the elementary school students. We have some talented artists in our midst.
"It's time to sing Your song again"
10,000 Reasons for Our Hearts to Find
How many reasons do we have to bless the Lord? At least 10,000!
The Burma orphans that we support are grateful for the nutritious food, the good education, and the loving care that they receive. Worship with them as they praise the Lord with this popular Christian song.
66 out of 350 supporters have donated $100.
If 350 people each give $100 this year, we can help meet physical and spiritual needs
for 500 children and families in 7 different countries.
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Read about the life-changing stories on the mission field.