Today was day two of VBS and construction work. VBS started at 9:00 with a flag raising ceremony and the singing of the Kenya national anthem in Swahili. It was very neat to hear, and man, did those kids belt it out!
Today’s story was The Good Samaritan. Our skit performers were Tom D., Cindy, Ruth, Don, and Tim. Tom definitely stole the show with his portrayal of the man who was beaten. Pastor then did an opening about this story.
I was part of games today with Tom B. and Cindy. We had planned at least four different activities, but in the end, all we did was jump rope. The kids LOVED it! And because of all the donated jump ropes and the jump ropes that were purchased with Koins for Kenya money (thank you to last year’s 2nd grade, this year’s 3rd grade class at CLS!!) there was plenty of jump rope fun to go around.
Today’s craft was led by Shirley, Tom, and Tim. The kids made prayer pockets, which were sewn ahead of time by many wonderful friends from church. They were little cloth pouches, and inside was a prayer that everyone got, and then they were given another sheet of paper to write and decorate their own prayer. At the end, the kids got to keep their crayons as well. I saw many children reading and looking at their prayer pocket throughout the rest of the day.
Today’s project was making a large cross banner to be hung in the chapel at the school. The groups also helped put together bags of items that will be delivered to needy families in the area. What a neat way to give back to your school and community! Ruth, Bryan, and Don were in charge of this station.
We served lunch again today, and then it was time for medical clinic and construction. Shirley, Cindy, and Tom B. worked at the medical clinic today. Shirley learned to take blood pressure, Cindy checked patients in, and Tom became a pharmacist for the day, counting pills out for the patients.
Construction today was interesting. Our job was to paint the classroom walls with primer so we can paint them tomorrow. Sounds simple, right? Well, first we had only hand brushes. Also, the primer was super thin, and needed to be touched up quite a bit. But the biggest challenge, and most inventive solution, was not being able to reach the ceiling well, and having only a few ladders. Well, when in Africa, make do with what you can find, right? I give you “African long-handled paintbrushes.” Made from a hand brush tied to a stick found outside. Well done guys, very creative.
After construction we went back to the Meeker’s house to clean up. Then a group of us went down the hill to the shores of Lake Victoria. It is one of the largest lakes in the world, and also one of the most polluted. However, some very delicious tilapia come from it, so I’m not complaining. We checked out the view of the lake, some nearby fishing boats, and the fish cleaning station. It was a nice relaxing end to our day.
One last thing to leave you with tonight…this was the best part of my day:
God is so good!! 🙂
Continued prayers of thanks for God’s blessings here in Kenya. Please keep the children we saw at the medical clinic today in your prayers, that they receive the help they need.