THE ADVENTURE AND LOVE CONTINUES

Thursday Update:

By Sarah and Ashley

“We started our day bright and early (6am) with a  Wushu crashcourse. Wushu is a traditional military martial arts that we were exposed to on our first day in the village. Unfortunetly, our 30 minutes of attempts at self-defense were unable to be mastered seeing that it takes a minimum of 12 years. Nonetheless, our team was excited to learn and participate in an important part of the people’s culture. After breakfast, we adventured North to explore the tea gardens. The tea garden is the source for the tea of our many, many tea breaks through out the day. The garden spans as far as the eye can see to the foot of the Assam Himalayas. This trip was special because our team and the adults from the village mixed into groups and spent the day together. On our way back, we stopped at a river to cool off and relax. The sound of laughter filled the atmosphere as the Indian women splashed each other, took selfies with us, and fell into the water. When we returned, I quickly grabbed my squad of boys for our intense 4v4 soccer game we had been playing since day one. Although none of us can speak each other’s language, words like team, goal, pass, loser, and winner are simple components that connect our two cultures. By this day, me and the boys had learned eachother’s names and there was no way that Bool, Josaya, Ilfan & Acos were going to beat me, Richar, Sebusar, & Beejoy.   Our game was filled with laughter, arguing over handballs (none of which I could understand), and a winning goal scored by my boy, Richar. It is amazing to share something I am so passionate about with the children of this village. It is incredible to see a competitive game eliminate any type of barrier and form real relationships.”

-Sarah

“The relationships that were formed during Wednesday’s sport camp flourished into growing friendships today. The children played multiple games  ranging from an obstacle course, football, and volleyball. As each child rotated stations, large smiles appeared on their faces despite the growing heat. The girls loved learning how to throw a football. The boys thrived off of the organized soccer game. Mothers sat around the field watching the children and us play. Once the organized games with the children were wrapping up, we continued playing unstructured games. The playing never stopped. A volleyball game started with some of the men of the church. Though there was a language barrier between us, it was amazing to see how game flowed so smoothly. Later that night, we broke up into two separate groups and visited different churches. Those churches welcomed us in with open arms. Audible bibles were passed out to these congregations in their native language. It was incredible to see God at work.”

-Ashley

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