Last week, Burime hosted a creative camp. So of course I was even more excited when I learned that we would be making a film!
We had almost 30 kids who were separated into 4 teams.
In the morning, we had a time of worship and games before a craft. The theme for crafts this week was superheros. We had villains (or baddies as learned they are called in England) & heros.
They made their own monsters.
And capes & masks!
At the end of each day, the kids split into 3 groups and we spent about a half hour. Each group had a part of David’s life to make into a movie. David is chosen, David & Goliath and David becomes King.
They came up with their own scripts and practiced hard all week. Then on Friday, we extended camp half an hour to make sure we had enough time to film. We still went an extra hour and a half on top of that!
It was hard because the kids had no idea how a film is put together and of course they were too excited to listen. Plus I realized I have never had to explain any film stuff in Albanian so there was lots of vocabulary I have yet to learn on that topic! So communicating was hard.
But we did it! The kids pulled through and we made it! Here is the life of David as acted by the kids at Burime. Check it out below (sorry it’s only available in Albanian!)
I have enjoyed partnering with Burime and making videos for them. Not only are they open to any idea and encourage creativity but Albanian church resources are needed here. A lot of stuff is translated from another language to Albanian which is better than nothing but I can’t wait for the day when stuff is translated from Albanian to English because they are making such awesome things for God!
I have enjoyed being able to make videos for fun and to tell Bible stories with the kids from Burime. Below is my Burime collection of videos from over the past two years.
Searching to Find (Albanian Only)
We Like Albania Because… (Albanian Only)
Who Is Jesus (English)
You can also watch these in Albanian.
A team from the States came over to do a 5 day English camp last week. The kids came at 3. Camp started at 3:30 with an English class then a game/craft/skit time before the closing rally which had music and a message.
I wasn’t in any of the English classes but I heard wonderful things about them!
The games all looked fun (I was photographing/videoing so I didn’t get to play).
It was a fun week for the kids!
Two guys from the team spoke each evening with an amazing translator. The guys had awesome messages each night but the translator added an extra layer of awesome. He would change things to make them more Albanian and more understandable and more relatable to the teens. It was great.
God used all 3 of these guys and the other people who shared their testimonies throughout the week to work in the hearts of these kids.
Quite a few kids already had a relationship with God but many other kids committed their lives to Christ by the end of the week. Next week, the kids are invited to come to a weeklong course where they will be learning the basics to kickstart their new active lives in Christ.
Please be praying for these teens that their passion and desire for Christ wouldn’t end with camp. Or next week. Or next month. Or next year. But that the journey they started this week would be continued throughout the rest of their lives.
Last week was the second and final week of CEF camps. We had nearly 50 kids show up to camp!
While the schedule was the same, nothing else was! The crafts were different. The movie was different. The lessons were different! Continue reading
Burime turns 2 today! Hip hip hooray! Instead of telling you how awesome Burime is, check out this video and see for yourselves!
Gezuar Ditelindjen Burime edhe 100!
[Happy Birthday Burime & 100 more!]
As you take time to remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us and celebrate his victory over death, here’s a video from last year I made with the kids from Burime to help you reflect on who Jesus is. Continue reading
Nicole has been working on an anti-trafficking employment pilot program. Meaning it’s still really small and we aren’t sure if it is going to work or be sustainable. But she has had a few women in the Kenet knit different items to try to sell back in the States.
I have been doing product and stock photos for her. This may come as a surprise to you, but I do not have a studio I can work from. So do I attempt to get professional quality photos without a seamless background, controlled lighting or any other fancy stuff? I make do with what I have: a sheet, sunlight, some pillows & photoshop. Continue reading