Mission Trip 2012 - Czech Republic

Dahlberg's Newsletter

The SouthPoint Mission Team had the opportunity to join the Dahlberg family in the Czech Republic this past December as they held a Christmas Camp (similar to our vacation Bible school) for orphaned and unwanted children living in the local children's home.  Click here to check out the Dahlberg's Newsletter!

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Last Update - The team has made it home!

The Mission Team spent our last day in Prague.  David Work’s who is a American retiree who volunteers at the conference center drove us the 2.5 hours to Prague.  By the time we had lunch and checked into our hotel it was early afternoon before we all headed off on the tram and then the metro to head to see the Prague Castle. It was cold and raining, but the team was all troopers and persevered the elements.    The castle in Prague where the Kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic have had their offices. The Czech Crown Jewels are kept.  We then went down to the Old Town Square to see the Prague Astronomical Clock, also know as the 12 apostles clock because every hour the 12 apostles pass by the window above the astronomical dial and with symbolic sculptures moving aside.  It truly is a site to experience.  Prior to the clock going off we stopped and had dinner in the square, which...

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Baby Home Visit

Our last day at the Immanuel Conference Center was actually spent miles away from it. After a long train ride, we ended up in the (sorta) beautiful city of Pardubice. While there, we spent an hour of our time exploring the off-puttingly new mall situated a few blocks away from the town’s center. Running from store to store we tried on everything from fur vests to feathery neck warmer things only to be shooed away by disheveled storeowners. And eventually out of the mall by our driver, David, to eat (Chinese food, of course.) and to then visit the baby home. The baby home was coated in bright colors and murals of strange mustachioed mushroom men but each of us still felt that something was missing, a void formed in the pit of our stomachs as we anticipated the sadness we’d soon witness. The tour began in the “Medical ward” and when I say medical ward I use the term loosely in that it was mostly for children with chronic diseases and not an ER.  It...

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Wednesday Night Update

We started off the day with a talent show. The kids volunteered to tumble, play piano, or act. I danced the Cotton Eyed Joe with two other girls, Lada and Michaela. Joey made a valiant attempt in the water-drinking competition. Afterward, we went ice-skating. You can’t rent ice skates in the Czech like you can in America, but our team still went on the ice in our shoes and had fun skating with the little kids while the older boys played a hockey game. Right after lunch, the kids left to go back to their Children’s Homes. We totally exhausted our Polaroid film; the kids loved having pictures to take with them. We took many pictures and gave many hugs. It was very sad to see them leave and know they were going back to their reality. Our team met afterward and prayed that God would continue to work in their lives, especially the troubled teens since they have to make important decisions once they are too old to stay at the orphanage. God was faithful in providing...

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Pictures!!!

Michael,   Jeanne sent me a bunch of pictures from the mission trip today (and a few yesterday).  You may have a few of these, but most of them are new. Please post them as appropriate to the web site and/or the FaceBook page.    I'm so proud of our kids and how God is working through them! These pictures and stories brought me to tears (several times!).   God is Good!!!   Mark   Childrens home group   Kids with Hats & Scarves   Wrapping Hats Scarves   Playing Icebreaker Games   Jeanne Snowman Craft   Aaron Candied Apples   Happy Boy with new Scarf and hat   Carries new friend at Childrens home   Getting ready to wrap hats scarves   Carrie as Water Woman   Gary as...

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Tuesday Night Update

Today was our last full day with the Czech kids at this camp -- it's going to be very hard to say goodbye to all of them! Today was more of a laid-back day and we had more time to just hang out with the kids and play games. Each one of us has made strong connections with various kids and they love all the attention.  Seeing them smile and laugh makes me so happy and I continue to pray that they have good futures found in God. After breakfast and our morning session, most of the kids went to play floorball at a nearby gym. For the rest of us who stayed back, we had some down time and even a nap to catch up from staying up late on New Years Eve.  We did our last session of teaching and skits today and feel a lot less pressured without the need to make props and memorize lines.  The lesson today was on the Holy Spirit so for our craft, the kids made cross necklaces and key chains. To continue the New Years celebration, we went to a town square and watched fireworks...

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New Year's Eve Lanterns

New Year's Eve lighting of lanterns with hopes and prayers for 2013 on them.

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Monday Night Update

Today was a great day at the Immanuel center! We did two of our skits today for the kids followed by crafts that related to what we had talked about during the skits. All the kids really seemed to enjoy it. Today we also went to the gym with the older kids and played hockey which was extremely fun as well. My team didn't end up winning the little tournament that we had between the three teams. I had a blast! The girls stayed behind and danced with the some of the girls.  The ratio of guys is more than girls. Since today was New Years Eve we set off lanterns into the sky after we wrote wishes and prayers on them. The lanterns were lit by fire and flew away in the sky.  It was a sight to see. We also had a late snack of hamburgers which was something special for New Years. It was called a second dinner. Today was an amazing day and a wonderful way to bring in the new year. Aaron

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Hats and Scarves

Today (Sunday, 12/30/12) was a fun day.   We welcomed 28 kids (from 3 different Children’s home) here to the conference center for a 4-day camp.  Today was a celebration – a Christmas party – complete with games, crafts, decorating cookies, and Christmas music.  But, I think the highlight of the day was when we told the kids that they each had a very special gift under the tree.   Everyone got to open a beautiful hat and scarf which was lovingly handmade by many of you at SouthPoint Church.  Their smiles were priceless.  So, thank you so very much.  We wrapped up the evening by watching the movie “Elf” (which was in Czech with subtitles), which I thought was especially fun!  Today was all about allowing these kids to experience Christmas traditions which, sadly, they were not able to enjoy with their own families.  The younger children, especially, crave attention and rotate around to each of us to...

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Sunday Night Update

We went to our first kids home yesterday and everyone had a great time! We introduced ourselves and shared with the kids the reason behind why we celebrate Christmas and how Jesus is the best gift that we could ever receive. Then all of us sat together and played a few games which really helped us connect with the children. When it was time to leave the home none of us wanted to go, we all loved being there with them. It was a really great start to our trip! Today a bunch of kids from three different homes arrived at the center. We started  by playing some icebreakers and then ate lunch with all of the kids. It was a really interesting experience trying to learn how to understand some Czech! Then we started our Christmas party with some crafts and cookies! We made paper snowflakes, cotton ball snowmen, angels, chocolate dipped caramel covered apples, sugar cookies, and chocolate covered bananas. We're still getting to know all of the children but we're excited for...

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