i then gave them a blank sheet of paper to write their name on and pass it to the person on their left. each student had to write something good and positive about this person's character. when they received their name back the page was full of virtues and admirable qualities that others see in them, which i asked them to keep in their jr. youth notebooks.
i asked them to stand and sing something to give us energy. they started clapping and went joyfully into 3 gospel types of songs that made me smile from ear to ear. their enthusiasm and love for God is so natural and communal that i am convinced that having less money means nothing when it comes to true happiness. these beautiful children have very little in terms of material comforts, or even essentials, yet they are spiritually rich and fulfilled. when they pray they exude genuine thankfulness and remember those less fortunate than themselves.
we then endeavored to do an experiment with sprouting seeds by using a ziploc bag, cotton balls and water. the analogy of our hidden potential being discovered from within just like a seed was discussed. i made the mistake of not bringing enough bags so they had an opportunity to exercise the qualities necessary to share willingly.
we then went outside and enjoyed some group games, including relay races which were a lot of fun. as we stood in a giant circle on the field, we closed with prayer and many happy goodbyes.
|the 11-12 year olds beginning Breezes of Confirmation at the 3rd session|
|the 13-14 year olds are studying Walking the Straight Path on their own in a separate room|
|the teachers, principal, Mr. Kamau, and neighbors studying book 1 in preparation for becoming children's class teachers and animators|