Monday, August 13, 2018

“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:5,6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

This verse was a blessing to me this morning as I reflected on the many memories that have been made over the past 3 weeks and all the positive connections that have been made here in Poland. I am so grateful for the God and Father of us all who gave us the ability to sing with one voice and glorify Him as we were about the business of planting seeds for His kingdom.

The morning started a little earlier for two of our choir members, Dervin Martin and Drew Roth, who had morning flights to catch. Theirs were the first of many farewells that we will experience over the next several days as people flock or trickle out of Poland, whatever the case may be. Anyway, the rest of us got to sleep in and have breakfast at 9:00. We were then split into a number of different work groups and dispersed to help around the community. Some worked at the English school, some at Matt and Deborah’s house, some at Lavern’s house, some men went to fix a roof for one of the church families and the remaining 8 of us stayed at Gustav’s to clean and chop wood. The day was fairly uneventful and slowly people wandered back for supper at 5:00. The food was very yummy as usual. At 6:00 we had a debriefing/reminiscing session that lasted two hours. There were tears as we reflected on the years Lloyd and Mary have contributed themselves to Hope Singers. We ended with a time of prayer and one final run of Abendlied. Then we all started saying goodbyes and signing pictures, etc. Now it is 10:30 and most of us have finished packing, some are playing games, some are strolling under the stars and some brave souls are attempting to get some sleep before our 3:00 a.m. departure. 

Dawn (aka Caesar)

QOTD 1: Me to a choir member in reference to a certain activity “Well, this is not my forte.” Choir member: “Ha, it’s not even a ppp for me!” 

QOTD 2: “We realized today as we were washing windows that it’s really hard to tell the difference between bug guts and strawberry jam.” ~Sharon Spicher

Random fact of the day: the average age of the choir is 27, which is exactly 2 years older than the average age of the 2016 Hope group.

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