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This brightens my day.

Dear Miss Jan, I love you very much you are nice to me and you love me to.

I’ve had a couple bad days recently, but love letters like this totally refresh me!

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Published!

Today I had my first article published!

My denomination’s international magazine published an article I submitted over a year ago about my experience at youth camp! Check it out here, pg. 24-25.

RelevantMagazine.Com published an article I wrote called Life is Bigger Than This Moment but the COG Evangel is my first print article! Exciting!

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Our Water Day on Friday made the UrbanPromise blog!

Check out the fun here!

The kids really enjoyed dousing me with buckets of water. They were even tricky about it! 🙂 “Hey, Miss Jenn, we want to show you something….come on!” And then….woosh!

We had four stations of water games:

1. Water relay – Two jars in the middle of the basketball court, the kids had to run and squeeze a sponge full of water. The first team to have their jar to overflow with water wins the game. (I don’t think the game ever happened, though. The kids were happy to have a water fight.)

2. Slip ‘N Slide – This resulted in a scary nose bleed and a few sore heads, but it became better organized and thus, more safe.

3. Sprinkler – Again, the kids didn’t want to run through the sprinkler, but use it to fill up buckets of water (which you see in the photos).

4. Waterballoons – We did the classic Metro game of throwing waterballoons into a strainer with nails, ensuring a great pop and water spill. Then a water balloon fight usually happened.

It was a lot of hard work, but also A LOT of fun. It was nice to have a break from routine.

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Camp Faith – week 3

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Family Breakfast.

On Friday mornings we have our Camp Faith family breakfast for the staff. Food is the key to a person’s heart, I’m learning.

Camp Faith Family Breakfast.

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Things have been going really well at camp these last few weeks. I’m already in love with the kids and the teenagers are definitely growing on me. 🙂

I’ve had tremendous conversations and have been learning more about what life is like in Camden. However, I’m hesitant to share these conversations and experiences because they feel….sacred. I don’t want to peddle these precious moments out on the internet for the whole world to take a momentarily glance at and throw away.

Something I’ve already learned about the people of Camden is that they don’t open up to just anyone and when they do it’s a big deal. I don’t want to break that trust just for the fleeting delight of increased stats or comments.

I’m not saying I’m going to stop blogging, but I’m just going to be more cautious about the stories I share online. If you’re part of my prayer email list, I’ll definitely share specifics, but otherwise….I’m protecting what’s sacred.

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Stuff White People Like.

Again, via twitter, through my friend HBB I found:

Stuff White People Like – #62 Knowing What’s Best For Poor People

“White people spend a lot of time of worrying about poor people. It takes up a pretty significant portion of their day.

They feel guilty and sad that poor people shop at Wal*Mart instead of Whole Foods, that they vote Republican instead of Democratic, that they go to Community College/get a job instead of studying art at a University.”

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