Ahh…first day back after a break from our Saturday kid’s ministry. It felt a bit like the first day of school, everyone a bit excited, wiggly, and not quite settled in. Lots of hugs, lots of chattering, and lots of not listening to anything we had to say. So, to get out the energy, we talked about our Christmas and New Year celebrations.
After a bit the conversation shifted to our Christmas party that happened a few weeks ago. We asked the kids that attended what their favorite parts were. Of course it was the cookies, the gifts, and the swimming, but there was an unexpected response from several of the kids. “Popcorn ni Kuya Dan!” (“Big brother” Dan’s popcorn). While the kids were inside watching A Charlie Brown Christmas, now an annual tradition, Dan, on a whim, made popcorn. Now popcorn isn’t exactly a luxury item here, it’s a…
So we survived the Christmas season, numerous kids parties, time with family and friends, and time to just unwind a bit, a rare luxury! Oh, I also applied for a job! I won’t go into the details until there’s more to share, if there’s more to share, but part of the application process was to write a photo essay. Our final Christmas party was just a few days away, and I couldn’t think of a better topic than to share a bit about these cool kids we get to hang out with and serve!
Here is the original:
Every Saturday afternoon, a handful of kids living in Agdao, one of the impoverished neighborhoods in Davao, Philippines, meet for class. Not only do they learn a Bible lesson, but they learn how to apply God’s Word in their often challenging lives. For the past three years, those who have regularly attended class have been invited to a Christmas party, a party that has grown a bit each year. The food is delicious, the crafts and activities are fun, and this year the kids even had the opportunity to swim. Each child goes home with a small present, but the true gift is the chance to leave the neighborhood, spend time bonding with each other, and have a carefree day.