we made bbq chicken, potato and corn salads, baked beans, and cookies and ice cream galore!
it was so much fun and at the end we had karaoke. we all sat outside together and the weather was perfect. it was the best way to end our last semester studying with our students. of course we will see them through the summer and continue our conversations but there is something so special about the set apart hour + every week that i know i will have with each student. i have learned so much from each wonderful woman that i have studied with and hope that our friendships will continue. thank you all for the blessing you have been in my life.
here are some pictures from that fun night!
|the bottom left picture is all the food that our students brought to donate to our food pantry at church!|
|ryan and i with our students who came to the party|
the next day on saturday some of us from florence went to a nearby city of prato for an evening devotional together with the church members there. ryan and anna (in the picture directly below) had been planning this for weeks with some of the members of the prato church and they did a great job! there were skits, wonderful singing and of course, fellowship. i was so proud and encouraged by the outreach and effort put in by this group!
the summer schedule has already officially kicked in as the harding art group of students arrived friday. we will be preparing a lot of meals for them the rest of may and most of june. we are simultaneously planning for the vbs and camp and are getting excited about those things. july will be when we go to camp and then a time of renovating the bible school. august will be packed as we plan and organize for the nationwide church retreat that we will host in florence at the end of august. thank you for the continued prayers and encouragement as we try to finish strong with our work here. god is so good and he shows us his mercy and love daily. we are so blessed.