Sunday, June 29, 2014

Skateboarders in Banja Luka...

The past two and half weeks a wonderful skateboarding DTS team has been here from YWAM Davos in Switzerland. I mentioned them in my "Crazy Busy" blog post, but they have been so wonderful, that I decided they deserved their own post!

They helped out A LOT with our construction project at the church, held English classes, had a wonderful time with our youth at youth camp. Unfortunately, they couldn't come to kids camp as there were already too many people, but the youth camp was smaller and needed helpers, and my colleagues, Rami and Katja-Maaria were really happy they came along! And so were the young people :)

We wanted to take them to children's home to show off their skateboarding skills there, but unfortunately one of the girls in the home just fell out of a tree and broke a LOT of bones, so suddenly having skateboarders come into the home wasn't that appealing. In the end they had so many other things going on that we didn't have time even to go play soccer or do something else with them.

They also had some money that they wanted to use to bless someone, so they decided to use it for one of the flood victims. We took them to meet the family and they went with them to buy what she needed. While we were in the flooded neighbourhood, we took them to another house where the lady and her son hadn't managed to take down the flooded part of the walls as they didn't have the tools. First they offered to go and buy the right tool for her (as well as what they were already giving this other family), but then after thinking about it, decided they had enough time to go back to the church (where we have the tools) and come back and do the job. What a great team!!
Over a month after the flooding and those walls were full of mould and just nasty. Unfortunately all of these houses were built "temporarily" over 40 years ago after the big Banja Luka earthquake in 1969...Pretty much everyone has already done this job, but she hasn't been able to as she didn't have the tools...
Here the three guys who helped with the son (who helped them clean up the mess afterwards)... 
We really enjoyed having them around - and I think they really liked Banja Luka as well - they tell me the streets and pavements are great for skateboarding on... and they noticed the large amount of pretty girls that we have here pretty early on :)

Here they all are in all their glory. The ones holding the kids are their parents, and they are from the US. The four guys are from Canada. They were all great! And who knows maybe some of them will be back someday!




2 comments:

Victor said...

Sooo cool. You really have a constant stream of visitors and help. I'm beginning to think that everyone does not know Bosnian. But I'll let you correct me. It makes me feel that it is possible to visit without knowing the language. I mean, I know it's possible to visit and tour, but it seems like it's possible to visit and volunteer in your work!

Belinda Chaplin said...

Yes, you can definitely come and serve here without knowing the language... all of our short-term teams come without language skills, learn a little, but mostly cope in English. :)

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