Day 11: Saturday, May 22, 2010 – Awana
to the rescue
stayed at the girls’ apartment today to rest and sleep, with an English speaking lady
to watch over her, as the team went out to the next orphanage. This one is
called “Father’s House,” which is state-regulated, but not state-funded, and therefore
dependent on donations. Run by Christian women, the facility cares for a small
population of about 20 in the age range of about 10-16 years.
As the orphanage
ministries are organized by SCM here in Kharkov, we have 8-10 hours of time to
spend with these kids (who typically speak no English), with least 5-7 hours
allotted for group games and activities. It’s a challenge for our team members
to come up with enough ideas to fill the time.
Vova, our host pastor, opened his trunk this morning and revealed a big bag of
Awana game equipment, Emilie and Amanda were overjoyed! Both of them have grown
up through and served as leaders in the Awana program, and knew exactly what to
do. Amanda drew an amazingly round Awana circle with chalk, and the entire morning was filled with races
involving colored bowling pins and bean bags, tugs-of-war (tug-of wars?), and
other assorted activities.
sessions, the team presented flannelgraph Bible stories (seemingly interesting
even to the older kids), along with their own songs and dramas. There was a
lively Q and A session, in which we were surprised to learn that many of the
orphans had taken one or two trips to Italy for some event pertaining to
afternoon, it was USA vs. Ukraine in a soccer (“football” to them) match
between our four guys (plus sympathy help from our host Vova) and the teenage boys of
the orphanage. Part of the challenge was the fact that there are several giant
trees and a basketball goal standard within the boundaries of the soccer field,
adding a whole new dimension of challenge (not to mention risk) to the game. After
going up 2-1 early in the game, USA ended up losing 10-2. Sorry, about that, fans!
the day, we had a couple of updates on Lizzy. She had awakened a time or two to
read her Bible or take a shower, but was sleeping most of the day. It sounded
encouraging. By the time we got back to her, around 9pm, she seemed much
better, with less pain and no more vomiting. She decided she could begin to
take liquids starting Sunday.