Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Sower House Camp

We have been in São Paulo for 10 days now and time is flying by!

Since we arrived our small team has been busy working with a missions organization called ABBA.  To read more about this awesome mission check out their site here.  They have a variety of ministries reaching out to children at risk in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.

We are working specifically with a community center called the Sower House, which attends children and teens who live in several slums.  We quickly felt right at home at this ministry as we were reminded of our days of working with children at the Lighthouse Community Center.
This past weekend the Sower team planned a special camping trip for the 8 to 10 year old children who participate in the ministry.  So, after being in São Paulo for just a few days, we packed our bags again to travel to the country-side to help out at a kid's camp.  The theme of the weekend was light and darkness. There were many games, activities and Bible stories centered around the truth that Jesus is the light.

It is often during special outings such as these that lives are impacted in ways like never before.  Many of the children living in slums do not get the privilege to experience special trips or camps, so the children really value these opportunities. For many of them it was their very first camp experience, and they LOVED it!

During the camp we heard the children say things like, "Wow, this is the best day of my life!" and "I don't want to go home.  I am having so much fun!"  The kids played hard, and were full of joy as they participated and thoroughly enjoyed every detail of the weekend.

We hope you will enjoy seeing these beautiful photos documenting (from start to finish) this powerful and life impacting camping trip.  The pure joy you see on children's faces is contagious!

The children were in the van ready and excited to go to camp!

Upon arrival, rules were established and the children were divided into three different teams for an ongoing camp competition.


 Felipe helped our team - the Orange team - make up a team cheer!

The Green team cheering! 

There were tons of games, which were great opportunities for the children to earn points for their team.

All the kids thought Jessie was so cute!

Fun relay games!

Felipe and our team member, Josie from South Africa, played the games along with the kids!

Sophia wanted to join in on the fun too!


Team spirit!

Every good camp needs a campfire with songs and stories!

Learning from the Word of God at a morning devotion time.

Paying careful attention...

 After the morning devotion, one boy in this group made the decision to follow Christ.  It was special moment!


...And the games continue!


 To end the camp we had delicious Brazilian barbeque!

The winning team of the weekend, after all the games and competitions, was the green team!

Here is the official group photo of the camp!  

It was truly a wonderful, fun-filled, meaningful, and life impacting weekend for us all.  Many of the these kids will take away long-lasting memories from this camp, but most of all, it is our prayer that they remember the truths they learned.  
May they remember who God is, that He is a generous and loving Father, who calls His children to walk in the light, where there is true and abundant life! 

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