Day 15 Good Byes...

Saturday morning marked our final good byes to all the kids and friends at HOM. It was very difficult to get on the vans as we all didn't want to leave...

... but even after we got onto the vans, we were met by a blockade...

As we left HOM each of us was loss for words... Jeff suddenly realize he didn't know where his passport is... The border was coming up close, we frantically search for it on the van...

At the Slovakia and Ukraine border...

My van's fearless driver... There was quite a few scary moments on the road, but he drove like a F1 champ.

After 5-6 hrs on the road (hrs at the border) we reached Budapest.

... and we ate at the Chinese restaurant we always go to after each Ukraine mission trip...

In the evening we made a quick tour in the castle district... beautiful night... we missed the kids...

Early next morning, Valera made 2 trips to the airport to get us all to the airport... we say our final good bye to Vasya and Valera. The long long trip home began....


Day 14 Recap

Our last full day at HOM and our last day of camp!!

Closing prayer for the end of our camp...

We also had a show & tell for each of the skills workshop. First up, the Flight class present their planes and their theme verse!

... Drama class present their skits! See if you can guess which Bible story they are doing:

.... Then the soccer class show off their drills!

.... the skill of diving just for fun lol!

Group photo!


After the camp has ended, the team got to cooking for tonite's Chinese dinner! Led by our Iron Chef Pun!

Part of our team got to finish a few bracelets for some of the kids!

Dinner was ready just in time!!!!

Everyone was super excited for the meal!!

... Egg-Drop Soup was served first...

BBQ pork, curry, fried noodles was some of the dishes...

After dinner we presented a few gifts for the helpers and staff!

Vasya wondered why he had to translate for the translators lol!

We also pass out the gifts to the kids! And each kid in the soccer class received a jersey, thanks to a generous donor at our church!

Afterward HOM gave each of us a very personalized gift!! We were all very touched by their thoughtfulness and generosity.

But then, some of the helpers, translators, and kids came up to say a few words to us.... We were all holding our tears...

... But we can't hold it any longer...

As our time comes to an end we started our farewells, some of the kids we will see again in the morning but for a few it will be our last good bye...

We spend the rest of the evening writing in each of the kid's journal!!

It didn't end quite there, eventhough it was getting dark, we promised a Ukraine vs. Canada soccer match!!! And we gave them everything we've got, sick or not, we gave them 110%!!! We ended the match 12-2 for Ukraine. The best score ever from any previous Canadian team (Thanks to Colin (and little Vasya) !!!

Day 13 Recap

Thursday was an exciting day as we continue on with the discipleship camp!

We were very proud at how detail and careful the kids were with the balsa wood planes. There were a few broken pieces but everyone learned to work together as well as our theme verse! Today they started building the wing, lots of pinning and gluing!

In the evening, we took everyone from HOM out to town for pizza!!

Everyone was watching the Olympics!!

The pizza kept coming!

Our team's finance minister making sure we have enough to eat!

And the pizza kept coming...

Ice-cream for dessert!

We were all really full!!

We took to the street to escape the heat inside the restaurant!! It was like fellowship on the street side!!

As we went home we realize how little time we have left with them!


Day 11 Recap

In week 2, every morning we started off with singing and the continuation sega of Capt.Hero and Dr.Evil-McEvilstein.

we had a very exciting singing time!!

Temperature was consistently high this week as we led the discipleship class indoor.

Outdoor games for some fresh air!

And also ice-creams!

During the afternoon we made some visitations. Due to our schedule today was the only day we made visitations to the kids we saw in week 1! Our first stop was at a multi-level building 20-30min away from town.

The 2nd place we visited was also in the rural area. The girl we visited in the first place somehow manage to run (or hitch a ride) to catch up to us in the 2nd place!! We were pretty amaze how fast she got there, it was pretty far away (10-15min drive on rugged roads)!!

That night we were invited to Valera's home for a BBQ!!!!

It's the best BBQ in the world. Sickness did not stop me from this dinner.

We all had an amazing time fellowshipping with each other.

As we departed for home that night, one of our van ran out of fuel! No problem, we just tow each other off the mountain road to a gas station!!!!!


Day 10 Recap

After playing with my HD for many hours I was able to recover most of my files and was able to process my photos from Day 10 on! Day 10 was the start of week 2 which includes our 2 (teens/children) discipleship camp and also the skills camp (Soccer/Drama/Flight)!!! We introduce the kids to our main characters for the week! Dr.Evil-McEvilstein and Captain Hero!!!

The teen's discipleship class starts! This week we will be going through different parts of David's life.

The children discipleship class:

We also got a chance to play some big group games during the day!

Dr.Evil made an appearance during the game, he took a bit of beating as he was chased away!

In the afternoon the skills workshop started! In Flight class they build a simple balsa wood planes to fly and learned about the basic of flight!