We were a bit surprised at our first lesson based on Acts 6:1-7 where the Apostles appoint 7 men to help distribute food to the widows. This is not necessarily a lesson that I have ever taught to kids before, but it is what we were given so we jumped in with the songs, the story, special items (where my kids made me proud by standing up and sharing some of their memory verses!), a little skit, a memory verse, a game and a coloring page that went with the story. It wasn't perfect, but we made it through and we were pleased with a good start.
A week later Kathy called me again and asked if I would consider going with them to a church near Minj (about 15-20 minutes away) and doing our children's church lesson for a church there that has quite a few aids orphans. We don't often go out to bush churches because they can be quite a distance away over pretty horrible roads (we have discovered that 2 of our children are prone to car sickness in PNG) and the services can sometimes last hours. Anyway, since this was a kids lesson and it was close by everyone in the family was agreeable to go.
|Kathy making introductions to Pastor Ruth|
|The NYI Special Song|
|The Goossens girls share some memory verses.|
|The Puppet Show was a big hit!|
|Learning how to use the PNG flag to tell others of the Good News!|
Ruth runs a Care Center where people infected with HIV can come and learn about living with HIV, where to get medicines and how to take them. We met this young lady who is staying there right now after having just had her baby at Kudjip. She was praising the Lord because her baby is not HIV+.
|The HIV/AIDS Care Center Housing and a the new mama|
|Emma and some new friends|
|The Headmaster, Ruth & Stephen|
"Yumi mas tingting long ol pikinini, papamama bilong ol i dai pinis, na yumi mas helpim ol long karim ol hevi bilong ol." Jems 1:27