It was a busy yet exciting day for the Friday at House of Mercy. As the discipleship program wraps up, we works on our Chinese dinner pulling. All hands on deck to make this happen. To cook for a big group of people, we basically start cooking at around 1:00 pm until 7:00pm for the dinner.
We had a great time sharing our Canadian Chinese food with our friends in Ukraine.
Keeping the tradition and highly anticipated STM Team Canada Chinese Dinner, we have to work hard together the night before. Actually, the planning of this Team Canada dinner started way back in Canada as part of the Ukraine STM planning. We brought along a few items from Canada, looked for some local food items while we are here and started our preparation work Thursday night....here are some snap shots of our preparation work.
Even though the pictures may not included everyone there, but everyone helped out including some of the teens in House of Mercy. This is truly a Team effort.
In Day 2 of House of Mercy staff retreat. We focused on the reflection time and vision casting for the next few years. We reviewed the stop, start, continue list from last year and assessed how they are doing with the action list. Then reassess the mission and goals for the next five years. We also reviewed the STM and future ministries opportunities. There was lots of open discussion among the House of Mercy staff. For sure we have an exciting and meaningful day at the retreat.
Of course we also have praise and worship time, devotion and team building exercise.
It was a great day at the conference centre even we have a few people are not feeling well. We thank God for His mercy and grace.
Can you guess what the model clay animal is?
The weather is very hot in Ukraine these last few days. Today's temperature is over 43 C under the shade. Over 70 C under the sun. Some of us are struggling with insect bites... Some of us are struggling with the heat and heat exhaustion ....some of us are struggling with some illness (flu or cold or coughing)...some of us are struggling with the stomach bug, vomiting and diarrhea....also lack of sleep or can not sleep well.... Actually, a lot of children at House of Mercy are sick with stomach bugs. When I talk to Vasya and Valeria, many children are not feeling well with vomiting and stomach issues or diarrhea.
Please pray for our team members, staff, helpers and all the children at House of Mercy....the next few days forecast will be continue with high temperature and hot weather.