Thursday, April 05, 2018

Teams and "Easter" Packages

At the end of March, we had two wonderful teams come and serve us in Banja Luka. First, a team of 17 youth from different churches from Austria came to spend 4 days with us before moving on to Tuzla:
While they were still with us, a team of 16 young people also from different churches came from Norway to spend a week with us. 
Both teams helped us give out "Easter" packages (which were actually shoe-box Christmas packages) both at the church and at schools in our surrounding villages. It was a jam-packed week, but the joy of the Easter message was shared to many children! 

We did two big distributions in the church. One with just the Austrians: (here sharing about Austria)
 Before having crafts about Easter and fun games:
At the end we gave out the packages, to everyone's delight :)
 We also gave out Children's Bibles which were a great hit:
The second day we did the same thing, but were joined at the end by the Norwegians (they were supposed to arrive earlier but were delayed at the border as they didn't have the right papers for their bus. In the end they were fetched from the border and we managed to -by God's grace and Ljilja's charms- to get the bus in the next day!) 

They added some songs:
And a couple of dances to the mix: 
During both programs, the parents were upstairs having their own program about Easter:
We also took both teams separately to the Children's Home to have a program there: The Austrians shared about Austria:
Before each child was given the chance to decorate a photo frame: And the team even had a photo printer, so they could have a photo in the frame:
Along with some funny glasses, so as to make it even more special:
As you can see, the kids really enjoyed this!
The Norwegians went later on in the week, and had a great program, including songs and dance, and even a magician (me translating for him below):
 And the kids really enjoyed the singing and dancing!
During one of the overlap days, we had a joint cultural evening where we learnt the different ways that Easter is celebrated. At the end, the locals shared their tradition of "egg-hitting" where you hit each other's eggs and the one whose egg survives gets to take the other's egg.
Here is a battle between a Norwegian and an Austrian... they really enjoyed learning about this local Easter tradition!
The rest of the week, while the Austrians went to Tuzla and carried on their outreach there, the Norwegian team went to small village schools to give out "Easter" packages. And everyone had a great time:
It was a busy, but fun week for us, and we look forward to when both teams can come back!

No comments:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...