I (Matt) started the morning off with a talk/devotional/sermonette on 1 Corinthians 9:24-25:
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run,
but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things.
They do it to receive a perishable wreath,
but we an imperishable.
My message was basically that all of life is a race and so it is very important to know what your final goal is or you may miss it! We can be distracted by lots of little goals but the most important is to turn our lives over to Jesus Christ, to run for Jesus and to His glory!
We don't have pictures of all the games and activities but below are shots of some of the fun!
Ellen is off to the side explaining "lawn golf" or "ladder golf"
This was a super noisy game as they all shouted and cheered almost continuously!
There were also some of the traditional games like the egg on the spoon relay.
That's the director standing in the middle of Tug of War in the white shirt. I really appreciate that he is so supportive of the kids that he helped out the entire time!
"The war that wouldn't end!" The tug-a-war competitions went on and on!!
We went out to INFOP the day before and helped each student make their own rocket.
The rocket competitions included best looking rocket, furthest flying rocket, and even a contest for accuracy.
What a great way to finish a hot day of games but with a water game!! They played it until there wasn't enough water left in the barrels to have a race, and then they dumped that water out on each other!!
Why waste our time on games? Because it's fun and God made us to enjoy this life that He has given us. So, we spend ourselves even in helping others simply enjoy God's goodness!
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I (Jesus) have come that they may have life,
and have it to the full.