Sunday, July 6, 2008

Summer 08 with the Basque

Some of this information is a re-post from last year. Its good to remember...

Have you herd of Basque Country? I never did. Not until about 4 years ago. The first time I herd of Basque Country or Basque people , was at my church. Basque Country is located in between Spain and France. Basque are considered an un reached people group.



We have a student program at our church where students from different parts of Basque Country come and live with us for 1 month. The hope is to learn better English. Our hope is to be a light and USA family to them.

Here is Imonal. He is 17 years old and from Bergara. This is a picture from last year. He is with us again. I think this will be his last year.... This makes us all sad... but we hope to continue our relationship with him.




He arrived on June 27th and will be going home on July 27th. He looked so tired when he got off the plane. All the kids did. It was a 13 hour flight from Basque to Madrid, from Madrid to Paris from Paris to Chicago and then Chicago to Seattle. The good thing about this is they went through customs in Chicago so we could scoop him up and take him home right away.

It was about 2:30 am when we finally got him home. He was comfortable and excited to see the animals.... plus he had not met little man the kitten yet. He called home and we all went to sleep....

The next morning the Basque students all have an orientation meeting and then a welcome BBQ later in the afternoon. its a lot to have to wake him up so early.... but we tried to let him sleep as much as possible.

The BBQs are always fun, and it helps connect the kids and the family's. We play games with teams... and each family is a team, so we have to work together. Its always a lot of fun. I'm on my sons lap top right now, so soon I will post some pictures of our adventures to date.

We went to the BBQ I just mentioned, took all the students to a Mariners Game (we won) and then had a great 3rd and 4th of July with many other happenings in between.

The kids all leave for camp on Wed, and then Christian and Imanol will be heading down to Oregon for a Young life 9 day camp experience! Lots of fun and many posts to come...

Student day, Mall trip. Imonal showing off his new look!


5 comments:

Pam said...

How wonderful! I am convinced that the testimony of our homes is so compelling for others. By watching your family in your everyday routine, you will have a great impact on his life! Keep us posted!!!

Rhonda said...

Hi Lisa: I am so glad to get caught up with you and your family finally!! How wonderful that you are able to host a student for a month. I am sure it will enrich all of your lives.
I am going to have a look around your blog for a while. You've made some changes!!
~Have a blessed day.
~Rhonda

Tina said...

How exciting for you all! :)

He looks like he is fitting right in. :)

Love you!

Happy To Be At Home said...

What an awesome program to be a part of! I did not know this about Basque, although I have heard the name before. I think this would make some great research for my oldest.

I hope you all have a very blessed and wonderful time while Imonal is with you.

~Kate

Lisawa said...

Thanks everyone....

The kids are at camp right now... all but Christian... she has to work :( ahh real life....

Imanol will come home today and then we are sending all the Basque students and American Quadrilla to a young life camp in Oregon!! They will have a week at Wild Horse Canyon!

Please pray for these kids! A few of them are very tender hearted right now.... I spke w/ a parent at church and her Basque student wants to know everything about this Jesus.... she loves coming to our church.... her words... " I cant wait to sing to Jesus" I have lots to share... but in another post...

This is a wonderful ministry and its not like any other program I have heard of..... Its reverse missionary work.... They come to us!lol We get to love on them and invite them to be members of our family.... I love it...

The Basque will be at Camp from Saturday-Friday... Pray for their hearts!!