A Craft Room Perspective – Allyson Lim (US summer intern)

A Craft Room Perspective – Allyson Lim (US summer intern)

It’s so hard to imagine that we now have four weeks of camp under our belts! This past week we had kiddos from Tarnaveni, Balauseri, Sangeorgiu de Padure, and from our very own LOC homes, and we had a blast with them all at camp. We’ve also had a short term team of 5 people from Arlington, Texas who joined us.

Because there are nine interns serving at camp this summer (as opposed to the usual eight), one intern ends up being the “floater” and usually helps out wherever is needed. This past week, I was the floater intern and helped lead the craft station at camp. Craft is my favorite station because almost every single camper (it didn’t matter how hyper or how quiet or how old or how “cool” they were) would sit down and be engaged in making the craft in front of them. Many of these kiddos don’t have the chance to do things normal kids get to do, so I loved seeing these kids be creative and be encouraged to be creative at craft time. At first, I was a little bit worried that as a station leader, I wouldn’t be able to build connections with the kids since I wasn’t leading a color team, but the opposite turned out to be true. Because all the kids would come to craft, I felt that I was able to get to know way more of them than I normally would be able to, and I was definitely able to get more than my fair share of the hugs and snuggles and high fives. Another unexpected blessing about being the craft station leader was that I also had the unique opportunity of getting to see and talk to all the leaders as well and hear about their day, and as a result, I got to know a lot of the translators really well. I often forget that the ministry we do at camp isn’t solely focused on the kids, but it’s also about reaching out to the translators because a lot of them don’t have a personal relationship with their Heavenly Father either. In the midst of all the team posters, paper flowers, and trophies that were created during the week, I was constantly reminded that God was going to create something beautiful in the hearts of these kids, and He did. God is doing incredible things here in Romania, and I’m so thankful and humbled I get to be here to see and participate in the work that’s being done in these children’s lives.

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