Sunday, January 4, 2015

Day 4: Church and Game Night

We have been fortunate enough to find a church we like here in Poland. Although we are still very new there, we are happy being a part of the service each Sunday. The people are nice and the service is in English. Win win!! 

Another cool thing about ICF is the "Kid's Corner." This is a very short lesson for the children before they are dismissed to children's church. Today, the lesson included a bag filled with tools and an instruction manual. Once the gentleman pulled all of the items out of his bag he mentioned that he needed his car fixed. He then told the tools to go out and do it. The tools didn't move. He then said, "maybe the tools don't know what to do." At this point, he brings out the instruction manual and places it beside the tools. He then tells the tools that they now have the instructions so they can go out and fix the car. When nothing happened he continued with the message. Obviously, the tools needed someone to use them. So, the message came in when he mentioned that we are God's tools. We are the tools and the Bible is our instruction manual. We are used to do his work. Less than five minutes of time, but what a powerful message and a great way for the kids to understand. This is by far one of my favorite parts of Sunday.

Here you can see Madison peering over the chair. She wasn't sure if she wanted to go up front or not.

On our way home something very strange and rare happened. The sun came out! Caleb said he wasn't hungry for lunch just yet so Daniel had him go outside and rake some leaves. He raked until Daniel went out and finished the job while Madison napped.

Caleb kept coming in "freezing" so he finally bundled up just a bit. 

Once Madison woke up from her nap we went over to a friend's house and played games. We had a great time learning a new game, "The Settlers of Catan" and we also played a few rounds of Euchre - I had to Google the spelling ;) (miss you Brinker family). We learned how to play a new game, enjoyed some great pizza and breadsticks, and talked quite a bit! Here's what the Catan game looks like: 

I cannot even begin trying to explain this game other than it's easier than it looks and it is funner to play than it seems. I'm thankful it wasn't hard to wrap my mind around!!

We love playing games and learning how to play new ones. We have missed our Sunday game days since we left Okinawa (miss you Debbie and Mike) and we are thankful to find other families here that enjoy playing games, too.

We have a few busy days ahead of us so I'm looking forward to what this week brings.

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