By Jessi B.
We had our first full week today with the kids and oh what a joy it was!
This week the preschoolers memorized
Matthew 4:19, “Come and follow me,’ Jesus said.”
Throughout the week they learned how they can follow Jesus and how they can help others follow Jesus too! They enjoyed getting to worship, especially since many of them have older siblings in the elementary and teen rooms that come join. This is a time when the leaders can clearly see that the preschoolers have really come out of their shells as they energetically and passionately dance and sing. It is so fun to see God’s joy shine through these kids. As the preschoolers have begun to get used to their schedule and seeing each other, they have also become excited to welcome and reunite with their fellow classmates each day! They are even learning to be helpful and kind to each other.
Similarly with preschool, the elementary classroom just loves the time they get to worship with their siblings each morning. This week the kids had prayer stations set up around the room where they could put up a post-it for a personal prayer request, pray over a world map or specific countries, and also an area to pray for each other. They had a lesson in what it means to be a Missionary kid versus a missionary‘S kid. We wanted them to see that God has not just called their parents, but them as well. Instead of simply feeling like they have been dragged along, we wanted them to be able to take ownership of their own calling. Another lesson the elementary kids enjoyed this week was on transition. The leaders used repotted plants to teach them about the different stages of transition.
On Tuesday the teens went to a big park nearby. After doing their quiet times in nature, they were given some free-play time where they exemplified their imaginations climbing all over the jungle gyms and some hammocks we brought along. We headed inside as it started raining, but we all enjoyed some vigorous rounds of mafia!
Then the next day the teens went to a food bank to help bag apples. We wanted them to learn that they can do service anywhere and that this is an important part of honoring the Lord and creating opportunities to share His Gospel with others.
This week we enjoyed hearing about the country of Egypt from leader Claire during World Showcase. The kids liked learning about the famous professional soccer (football) player, Mohamed Salah. Claire gave out papyrus bookmarks with hieroglyphics on it to those who were able to answer questions correctly about Egypt at the end of the Showcase, and many of those kids continued to marvel at the ancient script throughout the day.
We also spent Friday all together watching the movie Ratatouille. This is one of our “simulation” activities, which we have each week using scenarios or materials to help the kids interact with their learning in a more tangible way. After watching the movie we all split back into our classrooms to debrief the transitions Remy, the main character went through as he moved and even became separated from his family. We also discussed what it looks like to make friends with someone who might be quite different from us (in this case between a human and a rat!).
- Energy for the team to keep up with the kids!
- Wisdom and clarity for us in communicating with the kids and each other
- Preschoolers acclimating to structure and separation from parents
- The upcoming emotional and personal lessons for the teens
Thank you all for your support and prayers, they are deeply appreciated!