Friday August 3, 2018

1 John 2:15-17 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

Today was the first day of Kinderbibeltage. It was incredible. We started the morning by helping to finish up the final preparations before kids arrive in the afternoon. Susanne (Susi) has been a great help with translations and helping us to actually feel useful, know that we can get more clarification on what needs to be done. While us adults were getting work done, Anjali and David played with Emma (the daughter of Susi and Rene) and Lucia hit it off with Helena (the grand-daughter of Johannes and Birgit, who is also 5).

One incident sticks out to me from this morning. Helena speaks no English and Lucia, who can only count to 10 in German, were trying to play together. They both were speaking in their respective language while the other stared blankly at them, clearly not understanding. This particular moment Lucia wanted to play catch with Helena and I watched as these two 5 year old girls used hand motions and demonstrative actions to communicate. Lucia tried asking Helena if she wanted to play catch but she clearly didn’t understand. Lucia quickly went and retrieved the ball to then gently bounce it to Helena. I then watched as both girls jumped up and down in excitement once they both understood what was happening. It made me realize that our level of understanding each other revolves greatly around the amount of patience we utlize to get there.

The international language of children—play
Jeff and I have spent the last 2-3 days making these tables for this event. They are made out of plastic beer cases and topped with wood! They turned out awesome and there are now 10 of these scattered around the garden!

Mid-afternoon the kids began to arrive and I want stationed at the check-in desk, which by the way I thought was hysterical—I was the second person these parents spoke to before dropping their children off for the rest of the day and I spoke NO German. I loved how people actually understood my hand motions that they needed to sign their children in on my sheet of paper! Success! Jeff was tasked with a project with the kids that entailed taking small pieces of wood and allowing the children to make designs using a tool that burned the wood. He did a great job and I could tell that his German was slowly starting to come back. Our saving grace for the day was the several high school students, who spoke wonderful English, and Susi who all helped us throughout the day with translations. All three kids seemed to also enjoy the event, though David seemed to have a little more difficulty in finding a friend but he did towards the end of the afternoon. All in all, the day was a success with the Lord placing people around us that could help along the way.

The children arrived and it was a great day!

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