We of course had to pack but wanted to be careful to pack only what we needed since we would all be traveling on a bus with another school.
As you can see, I got distracted... Books are so wonderful!
Friday morning was cold but the bus we were taking was very nice, so we didn't worry.
I thought I'd take the opportunity to take a picture of our institute. This is our building. It's in the shape of a triangle, but the front is the flat part. The whole building is ours (some institutes are different) and our classrooms are on the third floor.
If you leave from the from of our institute and turn to the left this is the street. We walk this street multiple times a day because this is the direction we walk to get back to our apartments.
Okay, back to winter camp!
This is our group =) Yay for Incheon!
After picking up Bucheon school we traveled on to English Village. This is the same place we had our teachers' retreat.
As you can see, it's definately winter here, but the fresh air was still just as wonderful as when we came before.
The All Day Club members were excited too! Francis, Brian, Villa, Judy, Cindy, Abe, and Bruce (he's not an ADC but he's an AY member).
The first thing we did after unpacking our belongings was to go to the gym for the main meetings. Our weekend was made up of a few basic elements.
We sang...a lot. Many times. Many...many times.
The seminars had different topic ranging from English idioms to how to improve your relationship with your spouse. Of course, there were religious focused seminars but those were held on Sabbath afternoon.
For one of the seminars, Cleopatra led out and had some of us do a skit at the beginning. It was my birthday in the skit and people were giving me gifts.
Here Kelly Ann buys me fabulous sunglasses but has them made for herself and just pretends to give them to me.
Here Matthew gives me used socks...
It was actually a lot of fun to do this and Matthew even said I did a good job! The point of the skit was to introduce the topic of the ultimate gift (Jesus).
We take eating very seriously here in Korea.
Matthew, Beth-Anne, and Kelly Ann
Judy, Beth-Anne, Cindy, Susanna (one of Beth-Anne's religion student) and Ruth (one of our teachers).
During the main sessions (after much singing) we listened to the main speaker. Some times there were skits. On Sabbath there was a special performance about Jesus healing of the little twelve year old girl and the woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. It was really good.
Family time comes in two parts. One part was just for our group to hang out.
This is Solomon and Grezania's adorable daughter. Solomon is one of our new teachers.
The second part of family time we were broken into smaller groups and went through a Bible study booklet.
This is Coco, a junior teacher, and I after one of our small group sessions.
"Look how awesome my man is!"
Sabbath evening there was a special time for those who wanted to be baptized to do so. Some of our All Day Club members were baptized. It was a moving experience.
This is Cleopatra's magnificent jump for the bar.
Matthew felt no need to jump.
But the rest of us did feel the need to jump and so we prepared to have a group effort.
Almost everyone is up...
After our lovely jumping picture a few more had to show off their talent.
This is Pastor Ryu and Bruce. Kung Foo Fighting =P
But Bruce put us all to shame with this jump.
All the jumping made us tired and so we collapsed upon our beds.
And upon the floor, because tomorrow we would get up very early to go snowboarding!
The All Day Club helped us learn to stop. We had both snowboared once during our high school experience so this was like beginning all over.
We had a lot of fun and even went on more than just the beginner slope. Matthew said it was something he could get into, but my knees said no way. It was a lot of fun and if we end up somewhere snowy you may see more of Matthew on the slopes =)
Winter Camp was exhausting though. We were busy from sunup to sundown and were happy to go back to our apartment. My words to Matthew were, "Let's relax and not do any traveling or anything exciting for a long time."
Life is not what you plan it to be.