Tuesday, January 25th, 6pm. I was at Binawarga’s office, waiting for two more people to come so we could take off to SMUK 5’s tenth grade camp at Mt. Hermon, Puncak. Honestly, I wasn’t in my best mood. It’s been a long while since I volunteered at Binawarga’s events, so I was a bit uneasy. Also, since I was only doing the 2nd part of camp, most other volunteers would’ve been well acquainted by now. I felt lonely and unprepared. Oh, and tired too, but that’s rather universal these days so whatever. To cut a long story short, we got there, jumped right in to the night’s briefing and went off to bed.
Wednesday, January 26th. After breakfast we had a little simulation as we waited for the kids to arrive, and then they finally did. Well, one class did. X-2. And I happen to know that this is the class where the kids who will be in my group are in. And we’ve been warned that they might be loud… and well, they kinda were. I was stationed outside so I didn’t really get to see the kids once they went inside, but I tried to peek around and started guessing where “my kids” are. We had seen their pictures, but I hardly recognize them without their uniforms. Besides, it’s been over two weeks and we only got to see the pics for like 5 minutes max 😛
Nevertheless, we were finally introduced and I got to see “my kids”. Well, part of them… until we went on to the community building, and alas, there they are. I’ve been mentioning their names almost daily in prayer so it was rather embarrassing that I miscounted them and had trouble with some of the names, but anyway. When we finally got to the group game and seated down together I was still unsure about how things will turn out, but luckily this group was positively responsive. I liked them already.
And then it was time for the first session, and to my surprise, there they were, all seven of them arriving early together in the hall, sitting down as a group even though the rest of their friends were still scattered around. I was amazed and at awe. I knew right then and there that we’d be okay. And we did okay indeed.
First session, we were full of laughter, it was almost crazy. Everyone else were being serious and such and we were laughing like there’s no tomorrow! And amazingly enough, during the second session, as everyone else were finished, we were still talking our hearts out, alternating tears and laughters. And that session, well… wow, it was amazing! I mean obviously I can’t share the details (it’s c-o-n-f-i-d-e-n-t-i-a-l!!) but I’ll tell you this: never ever in my life had I felt so much of God’s presence than when we were talking at that time. It was… beyond words!
And the craziness, loudness, fun-ness carried on to the next day. Well, we didn’t get to spend much time together during the day since it was large group session and they mixed up the groups for outdoor activities, but one thing I was super proud is how these kids stick together at all times. It also made it very easy for me to check their attendance. LOL. Nevertheless, at night it was time for the so called Celebration Night and well, I was again touched by their enthusiasm, initiative, and overall friendship. And yeah we were probably the only group who were laughing our heads off that night, but hey, it’s called CELEBRATION night!!
To my surprise, the next day they still had more surprises in store, namely the song which they sung out in front of me after lunch.
At the end of the day, and now looking back, it had been a wonderful experience and I miss it dearly. I miss them dearly. Thank you, F64Lz… no matter how “alay” your group name is 😛
Kamu (kalian) sangat berarti… istimewa di hati…