When Jim LaRose returned home after serving at a weeklong summer camp for youth, an email was waiting for him, and it meant big changes.
Confusion, fear, uncertainty swirled inside little Kamil’s four-year-old heart and mind. Why was this happening? Where was he going? How long would he be gone? In hindsight, it was best that Kamil didn’t know the answers to these questions.
“We all can see Kamil’s better behavior and you also take credit for it,” was the incoming text received by ITMI’s Jim La Rose. The text message was from the Director of the group home, or Dom Dziecka, for children in care of the Polish state near Jim’s home. Jim has visited the home at least once a week for years now, helping with homework, building relationships and investing in the young, marginalized lives of the residents there.
Twelve-year-old Kamil (name changed for his protection) wore an expression that was odd for a boy leaving the hospital. His face should have been happy. He was going home after having tubes put in his ears. The tubes would have relieved much of the intense inner ear pain the boy had experienced. He should be smiling. But Kamil’s face was more sad than anything else.
The first days of summer camp 2017 were rough. It was early August. Instead of the normal anticipation and excitement that should have shrouded the beginning of the week, a cloud of negativity hung over the camp like smog.
Over my ten-plus years in Poland, I have participated in a number of children’s camps, and the Lord has granted me the privilege of praying a salvation prayer with 15-20 kids. The first two boys who ever asked me to pray this prayer with them were in my Bible class at a camp in the summer of 2003. One of these two was a 10-year-old boy named Krzyś. Unfortunately, we have very little chance for follow-up on the kids at camp, so I’ve often wondered what effect the salvation prayers have had on the kids’ lives after camp. As is typical in Poland, Krzyś and I had no opportunity for further contact after our summer camp ended.
Winter has definitely overtaken Poland, but I honestly love it. The temperature typically hovers in the teens and low twenties (Fahrenheit), though this past week we have been in the single digits during the day and below zero at night. With a continual covering of snow and ice, it is just beautiful. (Thankfully, though, my […]
Hello Everyone, A big thank-you to all who have been praying in regards to my hope of hosting a 14-year-old dom dziecka boy (Miłosz) and 10-year-old Maciek (from Warsaw) over the Christmas break. The first answer to prayer came when I got word that Maciek’s step-grandma agreed to let Maciek come visit me. He will […]
Hello Everyone, I have a prayer request for those who have time/opportunity to join me in praying about this. I’ll give the gist of the prayer request first, and then I’ll add extra information for those who would like a few more details. General Prayer Request: I am applying to the Polish courts asking for […]
Jim LaRose Banner A few years ago I teamed with a woman from our Polish church who translated for me when I taught Sunday school. This woman, named Maja, also translated for me at the Child Evangelism Fellowship camp a couple summers ago. This was the camp where I first met little eight-year-old Maciek. As […]