We made it to Dhaka early on Wednesday morning with our ears still ringing from the complimentary multi-hour performance of the in-flight children’s choir. It is still far better than taking the boat as William Carey did to this part of the world over two hundred years ago. We learned today that Pastor Joseph’s great-grandfather was saved through the mission that William Carey started here in Bangladesh. (Joseph is our primary contact here.)
We arrived at Joseph’s house where his wife, Nance, was waiting for us. We got cleaned up after the long trip and enjoyed reconnecting with them. Their young daughter, Joanna, kept us entertained as we talked about the upcoming camp. We spent the daylight hours on Wednesday with Joseph and Nance before leaving for the campsite that evening.
Dhaka at rush hour is a chaotic dance between rickshaw and bus, carriage and pedestrian. No one waits for anyone, but neither is anyone in a hurry. The choreography is horrendously complex and bewilderingly accident free. It’s quite a sight.
The facility is well-suited for camp with good spaces for games and meetings. Staff Training has gone smoothly, and the pistachio-green walls add a nice touch. The counselors listened well through a full day of training. They have good energy, and they seem eager to learn. It’s always a challenge to fit a lot of material into a short time.
Joseph and the others are excited about this new opportunity in a new location with new people. This camp is far away from the previous camp. Several of the same leaders are helping to run this camp, but all the counselors are new, and they are expecting nearly all the campers to be different too.
Joseph is working hard, and he is eager for this camp to go well. He has done a lot of work to prepare as he coordinated this camp with nine other area churches. And he translated hard all day today. He loves using camp to reach young people in a challenging environment. Campers arrived late this afternoon, even though camp doesn’t officially start until tomorrow. But for us and this new group of counselors, campers are here, so camp has started.
Future campers looking at all the activity!