As you can see from my previous post, last week was a week off for me. The week was filled with leisurely travel, relaxation, and celebration…. but as we know, all good things must come to an end, and such is the tale of my week vacation.
If it’s back to work I must go, then this was a perfect way to go back:
First, a field trip to the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem with some of my refugee kids. It might not exactly sound like work to you, but trust me…. a zoo filled with hundreds of crazy kids running around from animal to animal can drive you to the point where you’re ready to jump in with the lion and take your chances! (but we did have lots of fun too!)
Second, an afternoon in the park playing basketball. I was finally able to hook up with one of our Professional Basketball Players in the Israeli league (we’ve been trying to put something together for a while now), where he could come down and play with the kids. It was a huge success, and the kids absolutely LOVED him! The weather is finally nice enough again where we can resume our basketball outreach, and I honestly forgot how much I really do enjoy spending this time with the kids.
Overall, not too shabby for my first two days back after holiday!
I’ve posted all the pictures from the Zoo field trip and our Afternoon of Basketball on our Shine Facebook Page…go check them out! 🙂
One of my favorite little kids who come to Monday Night Basketball Outreach… isn’t he just a cutie!?!
I am getting ready to branch out and start something new. Next Monday will be the first day of an Outreach I’m putting together for all the refugee kids in the South Tel Aviv area…. Monday Night Basketball.
There is a huge park in our area where ALL the refugees hang out, and it also has basketball courts. I have a couple of friends helping me out, and I’m pretty excited to see how it all unfolds. At the same time, I’m a little nervous too.
I have no idea how the turnout will be or how the kids will respond. I’m hoping that we will have lots of kids show up, but there’s just no telling if that will happen.
So here’s my request: Could you all just say a little prayer for this new adventure?
* An awesome turnout.
* Communication. I’m the only one who speaks Hebrew out of the group, so it might be a bit challenging for me at times.
* Open Doors. I’m really hoping that this outreach will open doors for future endeavors.
* Fun. Overall, I just want to bring some fun and enjoyment into these little lives.
I am pretty excited about the fact that I won 5th place in the NCAA March Madness Tournament put on by Catalyst this year. There were over 1,000 people who participated, so 5th place isn’t too shabby. I even won some prizes.
The cool thing is that I was the only girl in the top 10! AND, not to mention I had not seen a single game all season. I just filled out my brackets and away I went.
I actually fill out brackets every year on ESPN.com, and this year as well, but I didn’t do AS well over there (just ok). I guess thats where all the extreme basketball fans go. But I must say, after waking up in the wee-hours of the morning, to watch some of the tourney games (4:00am for the final) I think I deserve to win at least something; so I am going to bask in this glory as long as I can!!!!!