Sunday, July 5, 2015

Welcoming the boys back

Greetings from Beirut.  Now that all of our luggage has arrived we began the day refreshed and in clean clothes.  This morning we attended church with Brent (our leader for the week).  The service was all in Arabic but they had translation for us so we were able to understand the songs and the sermon.  After church we gathered for lunch and had a relaxing afternoon.   Around 2:00 the boys began returning to the home for the week.  There were lots of smiles and hugs as we greeted boys that have been at Dar El Awlad since Calvary sent its first team 4 years ago.  There were also greetings with new boys who we will be getting to know this week.  This is always one of my favorite parts of the trip.  It’s so exciting to see the boys remember our team members who have returned and warmly greet our new team members.  The boys quickly occupied themselves with a soccer game while a few of the boys stay behind to talk with our team.  These are precious moments of unstructured time with the boys that remind me of the depth of relationships we are able to form even in the short time thatwe spend in Lebanon. At dinner we traveled to a monastery in Beirut and had a picnic dinner among some old ruins.  The team is beginning to recover from our jet lag and as I’m writing this we are putting together craft supplies and recreation activities for tomorrow.  Tomorrow will be our first day of programming with the boys.  Please pray for our preparation and that we will all be well rested and ready to begin programming tomorrow.  
-Jenn Caballero

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