Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday, July 20

Hello everyone! Today was quite eventful. We started the first day of VBS with the polish children! We separated into two teams out of are whole group and both went to 2 different locations/church. I am on team Jim. We were more in the rural area where there is a lot of farmland and it is very green.We started off the day of VBS with an opening and music. The children enjoyed the songs very much. Of course it was a little hard for the children to understand the lyrics at first, but they were able to catch on and enjoy the dance moves that went along with it. We had different stations all throughout the day, such as: crafts,bible study, english lesson and games. The kids were able to learn some words very quickly and were very proud when they learned the new word. At first the children were a little shy to speak to us in English, but then they became very comfortable with us as the day went on. Our last station of the day was games which Sara and I were in charge of. It was definitely challenging at first to explain the games due to the language barrier, but we were able to get the kids to understand. One of the games that we played was capture the flag. Most kids knew how the game went. It was surprising how competitive the kids were! We played that game for a very long time, It seemed like none of them wanted to stop playing. We also "tried" playing baseball. It didn't work out so well. Instead they came up with there own version, which actually worked out better and was an easier way to learn for the kids. Regardless if they played it right or not, they all had a blast! We then ended with the closing, learned some polish songs, and sang along with the kids. After VBS was over we got PIZZA! Which was definitely one of the highlights of the day. We were all kind of sick of eating meat,so Jim and Ben decided to treat us and get us some pizza and then afterwards ice cream. It was overall such a great day. It went smoother than expected. We all worked very hard and Jim and Jenna were very impressed with how well our groups did. It's crazy how fast we bonded with the kids and how open they were to learning anything. I can't wait to see what the rest of the week has to bring to us. That's all I have for tonight! See ya folks!
                                  - The Camryn Beebe :)

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