Took this pic before church on Sunday. After that I forgot the camera so I can't show you the pics of Children's church. But it went great! We had 72 kids and learned about Jesus feeding the five thousand with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. They had fun drawing their craft project too.
I have to tell you a cute story that happened during craft time. First remember that the kids in this village have no toys, crayons, TV-most don't have electricity at the house. So the looks on their faces are awesome when craft time comes during children's church. When we did the sticker craft for Christmas Sunday we had to show them how to peel the stickers off the sheets. They had never seen stickers before. This Sunday we gave them all a half sheet of construction paper and they had to share crayons to draw a picture of the 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread on one side of the page and on the other side draw as many as they could to represent all the food Jesus multiplied from the original.
When they were done we were collecting crayons and came up way short. I explained to the kids they needed to return ALL of them or we wouldn't have more next Sunday and then craft time would be eventually disappear. They all sat in silence. No one spoke up. I showed them the box of crayons that was almost empty and said how it was full so I know the crayons are here. Finally a little boy about 6 or 7 yrs old stood up and reached into his pockets (which were bulging!) and pull out about 20 crayons. His eyes filled with tears and he said,
"I was going to bring them back next Sunday. I knew no one was going to use them before then."
How hard is it for these kids to come in and see the crafts and supplies and have fun using them and then give them back. It's not like they have more at home. And it must look like so much to them. Like we have a ton!
How many times in our lives are we tempted to do the same thing? For example at work-Will they really notice if I just take some pens home? We can justify it by saying ,"They have so many." Or, "This place has so much money they can just buy more." The devil has all kinds of excuses ready for us to use. But don't give him a foothold. Not an inch. Not a pen. Not a crayon.
Sorry about the lack of pics. Once again, I am the lucky one who got to be here and see it first hand thanks to your support and God's faithfulness.
More Children's church pics coming. When you see them you won't be disappointed!