The first and last day of the feast are to be high holy days or a special Sabbath. On the regular Sabbath, the families enjoyed doing their own thing, children played, and we had a long time friend and teacher from Valpo come share a teaching he has done in the past called Moshiach (Messiah) in the Feasts.
We had some random people end up in our camp for some medical needs. We hoped that we were the servants Yahweh needed us to be for them. We had various health issues within camp- poison ivy, blisters from walnut juices, bee stings that kept us all caring for one another and each other's children. Those things bring us together. We had meals together. We played together. We sang together. And we sat around enjoying each other's company, encouragement, and gifts that they could offer during the week.
We each had offerings that were brought to the table that weren't planned ahead. The paramedic in the group was of great help to our group and others in the campground. Different ladies had ointments and oils that came in handy for children and dogs who were in need. Ladies who opened their arms to hold little ones so mamas could shower or prepare food or put other little ones to bed. Knowledge of RVs came in handy for those who needed help. Bringing together the food we had prepared always made for more than enough food for us and others visiting. Even the spilling of popcorn all over the ground resulted in a fun opportunity for the children to see how an accident can be used for the good and as a blessing as they put the kernels from the ground in a paper bowl to cook over the fire. What delight they had as they watched the kernels pop all over the place.
A week of joy. A week of rejoicing. It went too fast. We didn't get everything in we wanted to. But the love and celebrating was filling and hopefully glorifying to our Saviour.