Today we had beautiful weather so we were able to go on the hike! I was so excited when I
heard we were able to go on the hike because last year we weren’t able to go since the weather was so bad. Ali who is one of our volunteers this summer French braided my hair which was a blessing because it was so nice to have my hair out of my face while we were on the hike and it was also hot too.
The hike took us all morning, it was quite tiring but it was so worth it. I was so impressed how so many of the kids faced their fears and went on this hike because once we got to the mountain our guide gave them the option of going up or not. At first many of them hesitated but then they changed their minds and faced their fears to do that hike up the mountain.
I was amazed how helpful all of the guys were on the team, the translators but not only the
volunteers the older orphan guys were also very helpful too. I don’t think I could have done it without their help so I am so thankful for everyone who worked so well as a team. It really did bless my heart to see everyone’s servant hearts and the great bonding time we had too. I had a great bonding time with Andreea who is one of the orphan girls as we walked back to the camp together just talking and picking flowers.
When we all arrived back at the camp after the long hike we were all very hungry. After a delicious lunch we were split up into two groups. The younger children went on the zip line and the kids ages 14 and older went to their small groups. Today in our small groups we met outside since the weather was so nice. Dena led our discussion today. The topic was on the word of God. I really like how Dena explained to the girls how all of God’s promises are in God’s word and it is very important to read it to find out what they are and also so we can grow closer to God too.
After our small group the older kids got to go on the zip line. I asked Eva who is one of the older orphan girls and she is also a very good friend of mine if she wanted to go on the zip line. She told me that she was afraid and she didn’t want to. I told her not to be afraid and told her to go put her running shoes on so she did but within the next 45 minutes or so she
kept telling me that she didn’t want to and continually told me that she was afraid. I couldn’t believe it at one point she even ran away from me and she wanted me to even catch her!
I felt kind of bad for forcing her to go but my first time I went on the zip line I was afraid too but the people from the church practically forced me too. After I went the first time I loved it. I really just wanted Eva to get over her fear and I also promised Eva after she goes one time she will love it. I really care for her and I just felt in my heart to be there for her to be able to challenge and encourage her.
When it was finally our turn to walk to where the zip line started Eva said something to me that really touched my heart as we walked there together. She told me that no one else has cared that mush for her as I did and are right now. That was very special to hear that because I did not except that at all. I never thought I had been a mentor to her since last year because we are just really good friends but I guess I have been a positive role model for her.
After Eva went on the zip line once she loved it (I knew she would) and she wanted to go
again. I told her that I very proud of her for doing it. I felt like a proud Mom! The rest of the afternoon we had fun watching the others going on the zip line. In the evening we had chapel and our evening activity. By the time we were ready for bed we were all ready for a good sleep because it was an exhausting day but a great one!