Mark 10:13-16 People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
This scripture would have also been perfect for yesterday when Lucia was teaching, though today really was no different as all of the kids, at different times during the day, took the lead with teaching the kids. It is so amazing thing to see how much this is impacting our children. The highlight of their day is teaching these kids (specifically the younger ones because they are no longer helping with the older ones because they are doing their schoolwork). Every time my kids engage with these preschoolers my heart is filled with joy. Seeing them give so much of themselves, and knowing the sacrifices they have made to make this journey a reality is just overwhelming. They have definitely fought us about this journey at various times, but the majority of the time they really seem to be enjoying themselves and gaining a lot of from it in return.
I have also seen first hand how much more the kids we teach respond to our kids then they do with Jeff and I. They just get so excited when our kids are leading a lesson and I really believe that they may even get more out of the experience. Jesus was right when He said that we need to become like the children. Our children are so vital to our world and I don’t think we give them the credit that they deserve. They have a way of bringing people together, like an unspoken language, that only children are capable of doing and I see this when we they teach. Our kids are able to play and communicate with these children in ways that an adult just can’t and I am so grateful for the opportunity that Volunthai has given to us as a family and how willing they were to allowing the children participate in the service.
Tomorrow we have an English Camp at the preschool and we will only be teaching there. There is an art portion of the camp which I will lead and then Jeff will lead a game of (age and language appropriate) Cranium with personalized questions about animals. For the game, the kids will be divided into several teams and will need to answer Factoids (questions about animals), Sculptorades (making the animal out of PlayDough), CopyCat (acting like the animal), Charades (silently acting out clues), and Pictionary (drawing the animals). Jeff has done a wonderful job creating this game for these kids and I think they are really going to enjoy it.
After teaching at both schools we came home to finish teaching our children. Things haven’t gotten much better, but they haven’t gotten worse–so I will call that a win! I really think they just need to get used to this new concept of school with mom and dad. Hopefully that will just come with time.
Every day that we teach at the preschool, Rinya, the English teacher there, makes us the most amazing lunches. My kids love these lunches with Rinya, as do we.