By Jake, Cayley and Amanda
We woke up super excited for our second day of sports camp! It was special to have breakfast with the girl campers that spent the night on campus and continue building relationships with them. After days of travel and working hard during camp it was super nice to also use this time to get a load of laundry done. The boy campers arrived at around 9 am. While they played volleyball, the girls had a blast playing dodgeball before we headed into worship. During worship, we had the honor to pray for campers’ specific requests. We all found this to be a precious moment and a highlight of the day. Then we moved into stations similar to yesterday until it was time for lunch. The kitchen staff has been killing it with every meal! For lunch we ate pasta salad, fruit, boiled eggs, and bread.
The campers continued to love playing softball in the afternoon. Another highlight from today was presenting our Sawyer water filter demonstration after camp activities. We used the water filter as a symbol for Jesus’ role in our lives. Each camper received a water filter with a bucket to take home to their families. Access to clean water is limited in this part of Zambia, so it was amazing to be a part in providing that for them.
Because it was the boys turn to sleep on campus, the Hope women were able to walk the girl campers to their homes in the nearby community. The boy campers and Hope men helped build a new softball field on the property by raking away tall grass that had been mowed this morning and then adding all of the necessary lines with lime powder. The Hope men then had dinner with the boys, played glow-in-the-dark volleyball, and played a game of ultimate hide and seek around the whole base. To finish the night the campers showed the men, and encouraged us to participate in, some Zambian chants and songs.
Meanwhile, the girls drove to a Poetice member’s house to have dinner and debrief the day. The host prepared an apple crumble dessert that we all enjoyed with ice cream and some s’mores. The girls got back to base around 9:30 pm as the boys were debriefing their days. Despite all of the activity of the day, we are all feeling excited for another busy day tomorrow to finish the week strong. We miss our moms.