A Promise Made is a Promise Kept
June 27, 2019
Today, Thursday, has been warm…as in hot! It hasn’t been unbearable, but we’ve definitely been aware of it. The air was heavier, and the body movements of active kids had a distinct outcome (if you know what I mean). But, it’s all good! They were engaged with the Moses story, and they heard that Moses leading the Israelites to the Promised Land is a “preview” of Jesus leading all his children into the kingdom of God. Their ears were open. The rest belongs to God.
Speaking of promise, that was the focus of today’s part of the story. God promised to set His people free from slavery and bring them back to their own land. God promised to use Moses to head up the project, and God promised to lead them, day and night. Would God keep His promises? That’s the question that started the day, and by the end of the day the kids discovered that the answer is clear. Yes, God keeps His promises! This good news was punctuated time and again by robust singing – think “Pharaoh, Pharaoh, let my people go!”
Tonight, we had a special celebration dinner with our “Lamerican” team – Arta, from Latvia, plus the rest of us Americans, Jill, Jim, Norine, Deborah, Suzy, Carolyn, and myself, and our fantastic Albanian partners – Pastor Ermal and Sarah, Endrit, Denis and Ela, Sara, Heri, Reald and Rebecca, and a few others, including American missionaries, Dan and Dawn, and their children, Isaac and Elizabeth. Along with this bunch, we were joined by representatives of World Vision, who partnered with us in helping to defray the cost of housing for the team and food for the two English language camps. That was huge! It was a nice evening.
The week is not over. Tomorrow, like last week, our camp will move for the day to a beautiful spot down in the valley by the Drin River for a picnic. It promises to be a lot of fun, a wonderful way to solidify relationships, and a great conclusion to Camp 2.
Pr. Phil & Carolyn Lee are the EEMN Albania Team Leaders. After serving as team members in 2017 they grew a true affinity for the people and for the stunning land of Albania. After faithfully serving Deny Park Lutheran in Seattle, Pr. Phil & Carolyn now spend much of their time serving in Arizona at Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat Center for pastors, spouses, and ministry leaders in need of emotional and spiritual support.