From my earliest recollections in Sunday School, one story that has remained in my mind and heart was when children were surrounding Jesus. The disciples, considering the kids a bother, tried shooing the children away, telling them not to bother the Master. Jesus' response to the actions of his followers started out, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Kids were HIGH on the Lord's priority list, so they should be on ours, as well.
We paid a visit the other day to a unique school. It is for street kids. There is no orphanage associated with the school. The staff simply does what it can to rent homes for these children to stay in, and provide for their needs as much as possible. The school takes the kids through Primary 1, Primary 2, and Secondary. The children study Math, English, French, Kinyarwandan (their native tongue), as well as other subjects. They also have a workshop for the older kids, where they learn furniture making. The tools are all hand tools, except for the sanding. Since they have no sandpaper, they don't even use any hand tools - they use pieces of glass!
During our visit the other day, we got to spend the better part of the morning with these kids - giving a message of hope, and our testimonies. I shared about my past addictions to drugs and alcohol, not knowing in advance how well it would be received. Two of the schools older kids stepped up and gave their testimonies, both of which included drug addiction! Now I know that my family of recovery is even bigger!
One other blessing I got to share with the children was to give them a science lesson. What happens when you fill a rocket balloon and then let it go? The "gas" (air) goes out one end, the balloon travels in the other - thus proving the theory of relativity...science at its most fun :)
More blessings like this visit are in store for next week - I can hardly wait! Keep us in your prayers, especially for our health and energy levels. Some of the sights here are incredibly taxing emotionally, and it's easy to get overcome.