Camp craziness has set in! I apologize for the lack of blogging but we have been going full steam for 3 days now.
Tuesday we decided to split the wrestlers up into 3 groups instead of 3 because the groups at practice were way too big (good problem to have!). So the 2 groups of older kids did a full morning of relays at the stadium and it was so much fun! They ran, crab walked, frog hopped, wheel barrowed and everything in between. The wrestlers are obviously very competitive so it made it exciting to watch the whole way through.
In the afternoon they ran 2 one and a half hour practices to accommodate both groups. The size works way better for practice and the sessions went very well. Stephen Barrett led the practice for the oldest wrestlers group.
Wednesday we only had one practice session and then... SAUNA TIME!!! The wrestlers get very excited about this. Our American wrestlers were less enthusiastic about it, but they jumped right in with everyone and participated. Aslan even brought the sauna hat he bought so he was real official.
The evening program has finally hit its stride. The first few days of games were bumpy and we had to learn to trust our locals. We had lots of games planned and we're very excited and proud of them. We quickly learned that "gross games" (super popular with youth groups in USA) are not well received here. It took some pride swallowing, but we are adapting and the games are going really well. The Gospel messages have also been going really well. The attention span of the wrestlers varies from night to night, but overall they seem to be getting something out of it. Stephen and Yuri have spoken about the prodigal son, and also about what doing good works looks like in real life. I am excited and prayerful about what the rest of the week holds for the hearts of these wrestlers and coaches.
In our team Bible study we have been learning a lot about who Jesus is and what makes Him different from all other religious leaders. It had been very interesting to explore that and to learn more about why our Faith's foundation is so strong. For me personally it helps me to prepare my heart t share my faith with others on this trip. God is building up confidence in me. In Luke 12:11-12 it says, "And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say." I know that discussions like these are writing the words of God in my heart and when the time comes The Holy Spirit will bring those words to mind.
Thank you all for your support and prayers for us as we continue to serve here in Moldova!
-Ashlee for the team
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