The curse of the second night of jetlag has hit, and I’m wide awake at 1:30am. Steve is too, but thankfully, Amelia is sound asleep. Last night wasn’t great for her, so in this moment of my wakefulness, I’m so glad she’s asleep.
We’re at Hotel Azur in Siofok, Hungary, to volunteer at the SHARE Family Education Conference. SHARE is an organization that helps missionaries with their children’s education needs. A lot of missionary families in Europe homeschool or do national schools, and SHARE helps with testing, learning issues, supplementing, homeschool support, and tons more.
Tonight, we’ll gather in the teen room with our 50 teens and start our time together. This week will be filled to overflowing with games, music, Bible study, deep talks, bonding, laughter, and yup, probably tears. This is the 20th year of this particular conference, and our fourth. Although, our first with Amelia. Kiddo is already a hit! There is nothing like a grinning baby to pull down cultural barriers.
Siofok is a summer vacation town on the shore of Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Europe. It’s definitely not deserted now, but there are a lot of boarded-up gelato shops and resorts and cottages advertising off-season rates. The hotel we’re in is NICE. So much nicer than the place we stayed the previous three years. We’re going to miss wandering around the medieval streets of Sopron and exploring the Roman ruins there, but I also like sleeping on a bed that isn’t hard as a board. And the lake is so pretty.
So today, we take a deep breath. Five intense days are ahead. We pray for God’s grace to be with us, for His ears and His heart to be ours, and that every child here (114 kids and 50 teens) to know how deeply they are loved.