Monday, 14 January 2013

450 plates

I spent the first week of January helping at a Christian camp in the south of Cochabamba. It was run by 'Palabra de Vida' (Word of Life), an international mission organisation and had around 400 people going that first week. I helped in the kitchen with washing/drying all the plates, cutlery, bowls, cups, kitchen stuff etc for all 450 people there - so there was a lot to do! I was working with a great team and we had a lot of fun while trying to get everything done as quickly as possible, though some days it felt like the plates were never ending! We had a lot of free time and I met some great people - some from other parts of Bolivia and some from other countries in South America. Quite a few people knew some English which was good as unfortunately my Spanish is still slow, so chatting with people in Spanish became a game of charades with a lot of guessing!
There was a main meeting in the mornings with games, worship and a Bible message and then different activities in the evenings. One night they had team games - Bolivian style, another night we had a campfire on the top of a mountain with a full band and drama performance, another night was 'The Banquet' everyone got dressed up and the guys were inviting girls to go with them with promises of flowers and ice cream!
Despite having to get up at 6.15 am every morning I had a great time, came back really tired though! The second week they had 700 going - about 50 teenagers went from the church I've been at and invited their friends, so altogether nearly 100 went from church! They will also have a week for students, then a shorter camp for children, so please be praying that they go well and those that are working there do not get too tired and exhausted!

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