Kristy and I had the opportunity to lead a Bible camp in Cyangugu for a week in early December. In Rwanda, the gap between school years goes from October to January, so this was the perfect time to share the joy of summer camp with some incredible kids. Our days were filled with crazy activities. Here are a few pictures from a typical day.
(All my LCBC readers, say it with me!)
And now! It’s time! For your day camp… SCHEDULEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
8:00 a.m. – Morning Circle
9:00 a.m. – Games I
9:30 a.m. – Music
10:00 a.m. – Games II
10:30 a.m. – English Party (Aka – English Class)
11:00 a.m. – Free Time
11:30 a.m. – Bible Stories:
11:30 – Quiet Games:
12:00 p.m. – Art
Around 12:30 p.m. we ate lunch. After the kids finished their plates of rice and beans, they worked together to clean the school. They swept and mopped each classroom, washed all their lunch dishes, and swept the courtyard area. Our five-year-old host sister, Reign, was the most committed helper of all, and she was always the first to grab a mop and get to work. I’ve never seen kids who are as independent and exhibit as much initiative as these campers.
After each day of camp, our host siblings took us on an adventure. We saw Lake Kivu, the boarder between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, a forest that had an uncanny resemblance to northern Minnesota, and downtown Kemembe.
Our generous host family!
Our host brother, Goeffry, showed Kristy and me his favorite place – a forest that looks like one in the U.S.! (His little brother tagged along for the trip.)
Igikoma (porridge) and macaroni (spaghetti noodles with tomatoes) – it’s what’s for breakfast.
Innocent and Mucho show Kristy and me Lake Kivu.
Our host brother, Muhire, takes us on a walk to downtown Kemembe.
Muhire showed us the river that separates DRC and Rwanda.
Fisherman on Lake Kivu (probably catching “those small fish”).
Cyangugu squad = Mucho, Muhire, Innocent, and Kristy.
Mamma Muhire poses with some porridge.
Kristy and I enjoy porridge with our host sister, Reign.
The view from Mamma Muhire’s house, overlooking Lake Kivu.
It was hard to say goodbye to our host siblings and campers at the end of the week, but we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to help with the day camp. A huge thank you to Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church for their sponsorship!
*Photo credit for almost all photos goes to Muhire, Mucho, and Goeffry (our host brothers)