Many of the girls stayed in host homes last night because the Abels daughter works with an English school and they did something called "adopt an American". The families were very excited to have this experience to practice their English and ask questions. All the girls had a great time.
When they brought the girls back this morning, there was a program at the camp here with games, American food, conversations, etc.
Everyone had a great time!
Many helped in the kitchen to feed over 150 people!
Lacey wraps her foot as she continues to deal with a sprained ankle. :(
It was so fun to have a day to be at the Arca Bible Camp and experience all the vision and creativity of Pastor Paul as he has developed it into an amazing place! A full gym, a volleyball court, a soccer field, a zip line, a climbing wall, etc! Here are some pictures of the waterslide into a pool!
In the evening, we had the incredible privilege of participating in a very special service. Pastor Paul's father, Pastor John and Ruby Abel, started the work in Brazil over 40 years ago. They drove their young family in a station wagon down from the United States through Central and South America to Brazil and began to work in what was then the edge of the jungle. His visionary leadership was what God used to found a Bible School, Seminary, Orphanage, a beautiful Bible Camp and many churches. He as continued to return to Brazil year after year to lead evangelistic campaigns in spite of being 85 years old and in declining health. This year, he spent some time in the hospital here and came to the conclusion that this would be the last time he was able to come to this place that he has invested so much of his life into. The service was an attempt to honor the ways that God has used his life and to praise God for his faithfulness in the work here in Brazil. Many pastors and leaders came from long distances to be here, some driving 6-7 hours to come and then turning around and driving that long home afterward. The girls sang a number of songs and ended the night with "Any Road, Any Cost" which was such an appropriate description of the investment of his life.
Pastor John Abel giving the closing words.