Friday, February 14, 2014

Fun times!

Since I got back from South Africa in January, things have been a bit of a blur... we have been working hard to get everything ready in our new building! Yes, the Protestant Church "Hriscanska Zajednica" has bought their own wonderful, huge, big building, about 800m from downtown Banja Luka. It has been a long time coming, as the donors were willing to give us the money in 2012, but we spent 2013 jumping through various hoops to get it (and all that time the house that we found wasn't sold! Yay!)

The Education Culture Centre "Ihtus" has moved into the new building as the rent in the old place was getting too steep and so the first phase was to get things ready for that to be able to open in the new place. My colleagues were working hard even while I was in South Africa, but it really was a lot of work, but the place looks fantastic now. We had the "official" opening on Wednesday: with a band and lots of good people, it was fun! Here you can get an idea of what the new place looks like:

 
The second phase was to get things ready for the team who arrived on Monday - they are staying in the building, and we managed to get most things sorted out before they arrived, despite the fact that the old owner only moved out completely on Sunday (and the team are staying in the part of the building where she lived!) so Monday was beyond hectic trying to get things sorted!

The team has been helping with advertising and getting things sorted out in the building and last night we had our first English class with them, in the new classroom, which is now upstairs in the building. They are great fun and we had a good time in the class. I only had my phone, so the pictures aren't the greatest...but you get the idea...




They were in Sarajevo helping there for a month before coming here and will go back for another week after being here. They are from Canada, Columbia, Germany and America and all under 24! One of them is missing in the photo below which was taken in Sarajevo when they were helping give out Samaritan's Purse Christmas boxes for Operation Christmas Child, (but I don't have another pic of them, so this will have to do)
They are super sweet - and it has been fun having them so far. The first night they were here they played hide and go seek in the house and as there are 3 levels to choose from, they certainly have a lot of places to hide in... it is amazing what you will do for fun when you don't have internet :) Hopefully we will get it for them soon, as they are going through withdrawal... They will be here for another two weeks and I look forward to more fun times with them!

I will get more pictures of the house (and the team) when I get a chance... 

4 comments:

Victor said...

Wow, it looks HUGE!! It looks like a coffeehouse with Saturday night open mics!! WOW. Nice furniture and decor!! WOW!!

Victor said...

Maybe now you will have ALL activities in one place. Amazing that you can also house people in the same place. WOW!! So it must have a kitchen as well. WOWweeeeeEEEEE!

Belinda Chaplin said...

It is HUGE! The house, the centre, everything... The house has two kitchens, 3 bathrooms and three separate toilets (one upstairs, and two where the centre is). It is really big, but we are filling it up fast :) You will have to come and see it as it is really hard to explain - kind of higgledy-piggledy as it has been built on over the years... but just perfect for us! PTL!

Janet Glanville said...

Wow it looks amazing, and so BUSY!
Everyone looks like they're having a fabulous time. Hope the house will be a happy church!Love from Cape Town xx

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