What a successful first day! Our VBS and Teacher Training went so well today. Everything ran very smoothly and the few issues we had were quickly handled. Our team is full of wonderful people who love the Lord and the children of Haiti.
Our morning opening assembly went well as we taught songs, memory verses, and told some stories. Part of our group helped by acting out the stories we told. My teammates are all very accommodating and are great sports when I ask them to act silly in front of a church full of kids. I told the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar and the Prodigal son. We used these two stories to demonstrate the concept of changing because of Christ's sacrifice for our lives and to remind us that we can only find joy in Jesus.
Once we split into each of our classrooms, we broke out the crafts for the day. We made coffee filter butterflies and a memory verse name tag shaped like a foot, to remind the kids to "walk straight" before Him.
In the afternoon, the teacher training went great! Although we got a later start than we had hoped for, the teachers were extremely appreciative of everything we went over. One of our Haitian teachers told us, "I have been teaching for 12 years and I have never been to anything like this". It is so humbling to know that you are being an answer to someone's prayer.
As we go towards Day 2, here are some things for you all to pray for:
VBS: Day 2 is all about treating others with kindness. Pray that we would have a good turn out of kids to learn all about living differently because of Jesus. Pray that the day would go smoothly. Pray that we would have wisdom and direction as we lead our classes.
Teacher Training: Pray that tomorrow would go even better than today. Pray that the teachers get engaged and embrace the training. Pray that we would find ways to serve them in a way that is meaningful for them.
Downtime: For those of us who aren't teachers, we have a lot of time to spend with the boys in our home during the teacher training. Pray that we would use this time wisely and build meaningful relationships with new Haitian friends.
Again, thank you all for your love and support of our trip. We appreciate your prayers more than you know!