Yesterday morning, our
When we pulled up, there were no children outside. We began to unload our supplies while our translator began peeking her head inside trailers and inviting our friends out to play. Slowly, children began to come out from their tents and the trailers to join the fun. In less than 15 minutes, a kickball game had been started, the parachutes were popping up colorful balls, and bubbles were filling the air.
Next, it was snack time! While the children were enjoying their mid-morning treats, Pastor Ryan began to read the story of creation. Ryan had colorful story board pictures, and he is very expressive, so the children were captivated! Ryan would read just a little, and then pause while our translator repeated what he had just said in Spanish. It was fun to watch the younger children listen intently, turn their heads from Ryan to Dorian while she translated, and then turn back to Ryan. It was almost as if they were thinking, "I know this man is telling us a really great story! Now, what is he talking about?" wink. (The older children were listening, too, but many of them are bilingual.)
After our story, each child was given a large ziploc baggie filled with stickers, a new box of crayons, and a coloring book about 'La Creacion'! The children were eager to color and it was a great time to talk with them about the pictures, which depicted the story Pastor Ryan had just shared. It was unbelievable how quickly time passed while we were there! It was already time for lunch!
We spread out blankets and our parachutes for a picnic. During lunch, I had the opportunity to talk with a little boy named Alex. (His real name is Alejandro, but he said everyone calls him Alex. He told me I could call him Alex, too.) I had the opportunity to be on his kickball
I am so incredibly thankful the Lord has invited us to join him in this
"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it give light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."- Matthew 5:14-16