Last week I took our seminary puppet team (Amiguinhos de Jesus) and our puppet school (Cidade Feliz) to Treasure Island, where they worked at a camp for (mostly) underprivileged kids administered by missionary colleagues Doug and Renate Reiner.
In one word, the week was awesome! The four seminary students that went with us did an outstanding job, and Cicero and Nice were indispensable in their work with the crafts and filming. They also administered a puppet school in Petrolina (the closest city to Treasure Island), and I will talk more about that in a future post.
Our first order of business was to set up our equipment. It was then that we discovered a minor tragedy–our curtain had stayed back on the mainland. By this time, however, we are experts at improvisation, and after patching together several blankets, this was the result. Most agreed that it looked even better than our original, blue curtain. In the picture above, Laranginha makes his hesitant entrance.
In another one of Renatinhas games the object was to spin around ten times, and then try to score a goal. It is a testimony to Brazilian soccer prowess that both people who participated in this competition scored on the first try–and then fell down like drunken sailors.
By far the best part of the week was seeing these six young people (here shown with their counselors) make decisions for Christ. This is what makes all the preparation, expense and hard work worthwhile.
The retreat was over all too soon, and we had to pack our bags and head for the mainland. We were thrilled with the opportunity, however, and are very excited with the results.
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