They loved the digital camera and so in the rain they just took several photos and we all laughed.
Many Russian homes have an absent or alcoholic father so it's unusual for many of these kids to find themselves in the presence of an adult male who is cheerful, sober and interested in playing soccer with them!
Whenever I found myself with the kids or the elderly I always felt like Mother Teresa! She taught us that some languages are international - I didn't have to speak Russian. The most important and effective thing for me was just to have a presence as a Catholic mentor.