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One of the really neat things that we’ve gotten to experience with doing the kids camp in Poland for the last three Summers is being able to see the kids grow up. Every year we’ve put on the camp, a good number of the kids return from the Summer before, and several of them have been all three times. You definitely gain an attachment to them, and all of us that go over watch with anticipation as the kids file in the first day to see who all came back.
Meet Wiktoria (W’s have a V sound in Polish), Vicky, or Kizia… depending on what mood she’s in. :) Vicky is actually the little sister of Nico, whom you got to meet through his many adventures in the US a few months ago. The first Summer we were in Poland, Holly and I kept commenting on how much she reminded us of our niece “little” Holly… who isn’t so little any more, and neither is Vicky. It has been a lot of fun watching her grow up and seeing her English progress. The first time we met, she needed a translator to understand us, and this past Summer, she could carry on light conversations with us. So much fun!
Holly and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Vicky and her brother Nico, and their mom Ania. We have so many friends there now, and some that really feel like family.
I rarely post selfies as a Picture of the Week photo, but I thought it was fitting seeing as how this guy is the king of selfies! Meet my friend Sam from Szczecin, Poland. :) Over the last several years, readers of this blog have had the opportunity to meet several of our Polish friends, but I *think* this is the first time you’ve been introduced to Sam.
I met Sam the Summer before last, and we became fast friends. He’s hilarious. Despite being born in Poland, Sam spent several of his formative years in Ireland with his family, and so not only does he speak English, he does so with an ultra-cool, Irish accent. Sam isn’t all fun and games though, he is also a great leader in his church community and has a real heart for the children we serve there in Szczecin. His maturity and passion for the kids always shines through, whether he is helping lead songs, or interacting one on one.
Holly and I had the opportunity to meet Sam’s parents this past Summer and eat dinner with them in their beautiful home in the Polish countryside. Sam’s mom and dad have a heart for the Lord, and it was fun hearing their stories and sharing our own. One of Sam’s sisters actually lives here in the US, and we had the pleasant surprise of getting to meet her while we were in D.C. recently with our friend Nico. Cool stuff!
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