Sunday, 29 August 2010

Our Week


We may have finally recovered from camp. Kent is still complaining he cracked a few ribs on the water slide at camp but Andrea says he is just getting old. We went back up to camp on Friday to pick up Ben who was house sitting and did a few odd jobs on Sat before we headed home. Good day today at church. Had a few back that have been gone. Tomorrow. Monday 30th is a holiday here in Britain. The church in Exeter is having a fellowship so we are heading over for that during the day, back to our house for a food fellowship the evening, Kent is off to Poole for an ordination service Tuesday evening and he is off to London on Thursday and Friday to deliver some chairs and take some pictures of the Olympic Park and other places. Andrea is getting set to start another year of homeschooling and we need to start getting rid of stuff in preparation for furlough. It is not for awhile yet, but this fall already looks to be busy without anything else being added to it.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Saturday, 21 August 2010

A Mile in Their Shoes


We are back from camp and praise God for the decisions that were made. We are completely wiped out but making progress through the pile of laundry that currently hides the laundry room floor.

We left for camp a week ago Thursday, the 12th , to help get the grounds ready and to cook for the staff training days. We arrived to fine weather and found the tents already up and things ahead of schedule. We cooked for 25-30 on Thurs-Sat and then headed back to Cornwall for Sunday services and to drop Juan off at the ferry on Sunday afternoon. He had fun the few days we were up at the camp and I think he would have liked to have stayed for the actual camp week. So back home Sat night at 9, eat, laundry, up and going Sunday morning, services, lunch, Juan gone, laundry, store, repack, load trailer and car and drive 4 hours back up to camp.

There were 54 campers this week and approx 30-40 staff and others. There are a number of missionaries who bring their children to camp and stay the week for the fellowship. We would like to expand this side of the week and provide a week of encouragement for those folks. So all in all about 90 people at camp for the week. It was relentless!!! No sooner had you finished cleaning up from one meal and it was past time to prepare for the next. You never realize just how much goes in to preparing that much food and how much planning it takes when you have very limited cooking and storage facilities. Andrea did a stellar job all week and won over many a camper with those homemade brownies. Kent preached the evening services and "cooked" up some concoctions for the kids to try. Ben and Chris were staff this year and did great. They were always asking what else they could do. Davis and Deidra were campers and said the week was good albeit a little cold in the tents at night.

We know of one lad who got saved this week and there were other decisions as well. Youth camp is truly a great ministry and we are grateful for all those who worked so hard to make it what it it.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Like Another Son


We have been hosting Spanish young men for three years and have been blessed to have some very nice lads stay with us. Juan is no exception. He s just like one of the kids. He plays jokes on us and has a great sense of humour. Here are a few pictures of the homeshool sports day and some pictures from London. Kent had occasion to go to London for business and took an extra day to show Juan the capital.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

It's August, It Must Be Time For Youth Camp


Whenever August rolls around it is time to get busy about youth camp. Most years there is a building project to complete or crafts to organize. There is always a series of messages to be prepared for services. This year is different. No building project, Andrea is not on crafts duty, we are the camp cooks. So time to organize a menu to feed the hordes. Kent did make a picnic table from some leftover lumber and is preaching each night of camp but this does seem like an easy year by comparison to most years.

Juan is with us for a few more weeks. We took him bike riding on the Camel Trail. It ends at Padstow which is a fishing port on the north coast.