Month: April 2016
We had 17 kids and they had a great time. We are so grateful for the opportunity to train in the elementary school gym for 6 weeks. After 45 minutes intensive training we had a short devotional and then played 5 v 5 games for the rest of the evening. Futsal on the floor is fast and the rules were new for some of them, but they are good and learn quickly.
|Now, since Christ defeated death on the cross, and He is the resurrected Savior, we have hope that by God’s grace we can also have eternal life with Him. So our theme for April is HOPE 🙂
“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;”
“But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,”
“Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.”
“in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,”
Every weekday afternoon except Friday we help the kids to do their homework. This is so very important because most of their parents don’t speak English so they can’t help them at all. Most of these kids started school not speaking a word of English themselves either and just picked it up as they went. If they have questions, if they don’t understand something, their parents can’t explain it to them so they fall behind. Needless to say they also need someone to tell them to sit down and actually DO their homework. We pack the tables and chairs out in front of the apartment buildings (thanks to the year-round good weather in California) and pack it all away when we are done.
After homework is done the kids can let some of their energies out on the little dirt field behind the buildings by playing some soccer. We also pray with them.
At the end of March I had the privilege to serve as a counselor to a group of boys from our three neighborhoods who also participate in programs run by Lot 318, another organization we often work together with. They were able to arrange for a three day long trip for the kids to the wonderful Calicinto Ranch and needed some help. The kids were full of excitement and anticipation.
I thought I had it all figured out: they will be happy and overwhelmed by all the new experiences and I will be worn out by trying to keep them calm. I was right with the first part, but totally wrong about my own experience.
Their sheer joy for all the activities we have done together, or for the most simple things such as having their own bed to sleep in at night humbled me and touched me so deeply that I hadn’t anticipated. Seeing their faces as they learnt songs about Christ and as they sang it again and again and they slowly realized the meaning of the lyrics was so wonderful. I know it was just three days, but I’m sure they all will have moments they will remember for a long time. …I surely will.