Paul Coles, Youthworkerish type guy. Present location: Targu Mures, Romania. Married to an amazing girl named Fiona. I'm on a JOURNEY and have no idea where I'll end up other than in the hands of God.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Since I haven’t blogged in quite a long time, I thought a good way to start back might be to chronicle some of the highlights of the last 7 months of my life for a little light entertainment.

One of these highlights was definitely my time with our Romania Team a Camp Sadu this summer and one particular event in particular. The theme of the camps was “Building a house that will last” and it was about teaching the kids to honour God, live wisely and love one another etc…

But a definite highlight for me was the activity that went along side this theme. By the end of the week the teams were given the task of actually building a house out of scrap materials and lumber from around the camp and the most creative and best house won the big hairy prize.

Well this process was amazing and hilarious to watch. Most of these kids had never used tools of any kind before but the finished products were a testament to the creativity, ingenuity and resourcefulness of a group of people who have had to fight for everything in their lives.

The winning house, pictured below, was two stories high with a accessible loft to boot. The main room had bunk beds, a working door, a sink with mirror, and mock up light, wiring, and switch. There was a useable ladder to the loft which was very sturdy with a nice window and curtains.

On the outside of the house there was a complete fence with a gate, a washing line, post box, an outhouse with a real toilet and a welcome sign and flag to finish of the look.

It was amazing and a great experience for the whole group. This is the type of thing that life long memories are made of.



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