The Summer Team has been busy with teaching school, assisting at Mercy hospital and making repairs. Yesterday we had some children from the community join us unexpectedly for school. I was asked to teach this little group of seven precious children. Team mate Barbara gave me some books, some colored paper (not just white paper) and pencils (very sharp pencils, I must add). We read the book, A Giraffe and a Half. For those of you that don’t know this story, as I didn’t, it is a rhyming book.
I knew we might be in trouble when I realized as we started the book that the children did not know a giraffe. There was a rose on his nose that they knew as a flower – didn’t quite rhyme. There was a whale biting his tail that the children only knew as a fish – again, didn’t work with the rhyme theme. So, most of you who know me, can imagine how much fun I had reading this book with them. I can tell you, they all know now the special creations of a rose and a whale. It was certainly a whale of a tale!
After the story-telling was finally finished, each child was able to choose their color of paper and was given a sharp pencil to draw any parts of the book. They all looked up at me, mouths open. I started drawing on my paper for them and then they got busy. We all had giraffes, flowers, whales and a snake eating cake on our papers. We knew the flowers on our papers, although all very beautiful, were not roses because they didn’t smell like a rose.
We decided to go out on an expedition to the library to find pictures of whales. On the way, still in the Child Rescue compound, my precious children sited several whales (yes, on land). I just loved to see their imaginations unleashed! They ooohed and aaahed over the photographs of the whales in the encyclopedias.
We talked about how all of us together plus our reunified older student (who had joined us while drawing and was instrumental in translating for us) could all fit into the belly of a whale. I wish you could have seen their mouths drop and eyes bug-out on that one. What a fun, fun day! Praise God from whom all blessings flow and the joy of enrichment for His precious children.
God is good; all the time! Glory to God, Amen!
In His service,