J-Camp: Day 2

Hello, Hello, Hello!

Camp has been fantastic! The students here have been very welcoming and I quite enjoy the small community feeling this camp has to offer. As Cameron mentioned earlier, the language-barrier is not a problem at all. The students’ interest in communicating with us, whether through words or actions, has proven to be just as prominent as yesterday. However, their energy levels somehow seem to get stronger and stronger each day.

What a providing God we have because it is a wonder that I am still awake right now to type this. The amount of energy these kids have is outstanding. This is definitely one thing American and Slovak middle schoolers have in common. We play sports and games a lot, climb at least two flights of stairs multiple times, and have dance parties after night meetings. Already today I have taken a two-hour nap (on accident, of course). Let’s just say that sleeping has not been an issue for me.

Some things have come more naturally to me than others. One area where I have had a struggle was the opportunity I was given to share my story. Because it would need to be translated, the time it would take to share would double. I needed to condense it, write it out, and make sure that it was somehow relating to the theme of the camp (How Do You Broadcast Yourself?). Me being my usual self, I procrastinated until the day before. Luckily, my life story isn’t exactly something I need to study up on so the real challenge came in making it short but still leaving in the important parts. I had no idea how it would turn out. When the time came for me to share I was worried that the students would get bored or not understand the translation. However, when I was done I got some encouraging comments from the Americans, including Sydney who said to me with missing front teeth “What you talked about was AH-MAZING.” Even though the Slovak students haven’t said anything to me, the support from my team-mates was definitely helpful.

All in all, the day has been excellent and I can’t wait to continue to connect with the students here at camp, through English or not. I feel so blessed to have been able to share my story with these students and establish relationships.


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