6/26: Diakonia and Night with the Saints

Another fulfilling day at Fanari Camp! The clouds rolled in this morning, but the rain showers held off until the end of free time. Just in case, we kept all our sessions indoors in the Main Lodge.

Our Flex session today was Diakonia, where we learned about Orthodoxy in Guatemala and Korea. After hearing about Christ’s Great commission on Pentecost, we had the opportunity to make Feast day Icon books, that will be sent to St. John the Baptist parish in Ixcan, Guatemala. The books are translated in Spanish and will provide the community with a learning tool. We chanted “Lord have mercy” in Spanish-“Señor ten piedad”. Please, keep our brothers and sisters in Ixcan in your prayers!

During free-time outside, some campers enjoyed our new Ladder Toss Game, which was generously donated throught our Amazon Wish List. Others were playing catch, soccer, volleyball, and Spike Ball. Inside, the friendship bracelet production was in full swing, while others enjoyed playing card games, and listening to the beautiful piano music that some of our campers provided. An impromptu talent show with counselor Evan Sellas, brought out a few of our campers and staff’s hidden talents, too. There’s no limits to what fun we have at Fanari!

After dinner, we welcomed Archon Regional Co-Commander, Mr. Kosmas Gus Pablecas, who spoke to us about how the Archons are the defenders of the Patriarchate and Orthodoxy and lead the charge in religious freedom throughout the world, not only for our Patriarchate and orthodoxy but for all religions and all peoples.  The Archons also fight for the rights of our Patriarchate in Turkey.  We also thank the Archons for their generous donation of our camper water bottles once again this year!

Tonight’s blessed evening activity was our “Night with the Saints”. Campers were divided into two groups and rotated to each of the two activities. One rotation, discussed the lives of the various saints that we were blessed to venerate:  Sts. Nicholas, Raphael, & Irene of Mytilini; St. Nicholas; St. Irene; The Holy Unmercinaries Kosmas & Damianos; St. Patapios and St. Anthimos of Chios.  These saints remind us that our faith is real and Christ is true. We also had the blessing to be annointed by holy oil from St. Demetrios of Thessaloniki.  In our other rotation, we discussed the Holy sacrament of confession and campers were able to ask questions and have time to reflect and prepare for confession tomorrow. It was a true blessing to be in the presence of such holiness and peace tonight.

Before dismissal, spirit sticks were given out to the Spartans and Delphians, for their unending spirit, kindness and respect throughout the day. Even in the rain and with the change in routine, the spirit of all the campers is happy and engaged in our daily activities.

We ended our evening activity by singing the hymn, “Lord of the Powers”, as we dismissed to our cabins to continue confession devotionals with the clergy. Another uplifting day at Fanari Camp. We pray that our campers reflect on this day and all they experienced and learned. God has truly blessed us here together this week, as we discover the depths and beauty, which is our Orthodox faith!

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