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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Camp Lakewood Celebrates "Resurrection Thursday"!



Here we are, getting ready for our scavenger-style Easter egg hunt!

Our "Resurrection Thursday", August 30 and Day 4 of Camp Lakewood, we had a spirited time of worship and music, then thirteen-year-old S led us in our opening prayer. We talked about the Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus, and what that means to us. We discussed the fact that, when Jesus is in our hearts, we can be sure that our sins are forgiven and that we don't need to be afraid when we die because we know that we will be with Him in Heaven. The kids were very open and understood the conversation very well.

For our fun activity, I decided that we should celebrate Easter with an accessible Easter egg hunt! I brailed scavenger-hunt-style clues and the kids and I set out all over the neighborhood finding Easter eggs! Before we started, we talked about how the bunny and eggs represent new life on Easter, and that Jesus is the One true Source of new life for us. Miss Audrey, Dorace (another "sighted angel" volunteer)and of course Great-grandpa Jerry took turns manning "egg stations" all over the neighborhood as the kids found the answer to each of the clues.

On this day, as they followed the clues on their Easter egg hunt, the kids were literally running down the street! It was so amazing to watch them in their excitement.

When they finished the Easter egg hunt, each of the children received a special token with the word "Lord" brailed on one side, and a cross embossed on the other. This coin is available at the Braille Super Store. We talked about how the empty cross is there to remind us that Jesus is risen!

Dorace and Miss Audrey went for our pizza, while Grandpa Jerry hung out with us and served as our sighted kitchen helper. We sang our table prayer and enjoyed a pizza lunch.

After lunch, I gave the kids each a Brailed word search that I had made for them. The word list consisted of twenty words based on the subjects of this week's study. None of the kids had ever seen a
Brailed word puzzle before, and they were so excited to be able to do yet another activity that their sighted peers do. We played another game of Uno, and then S led us in our closing prayer.

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God has blessed me with a Music Ministry that is still ongoing and growing after twenty-plus years. This includes my outreach promoting Braille Literacy in the Christian venue, and my recently-founded Children's Chaplaincy for blind youth. To make things a bit more interesting, I have also been blind since birth. I consider my blindness to be a unique gift from God, an opportunity to serve as an ambassador among blind and sighted folks of all ages, on all walks of life. To learn more about my work, from South Carolina to Central Illinois and beyond, please visit my Web site, and be sure to stay tuned to my Blog!