What a precious bunch of children. They were waiting for us as we drove up today in the Chacauco bus. To be welcome telling Bible stories and the Gospel at a school has become so foreign to Americans that the freedom to do so is startling.
The Bible story today was Jesus staying behind in the Temple and his parents' frantic search for him (Joseph, we've lost the Messiah!) . We made compasses and sidewalk chalk was a hit. But at some point the drawings became smears and face painting ensued.
Amazing what old and worn-out can become with a little creativity and determination. Like an old tire. Like old tires turned into planters, all sorts of planters. You know, God is in the creative restoration business, too (Isaiah 1:18-19; or John chapter 21).
How about something lighter? When we visited the Nick Saint house in Shell, the boys decided that blow-guns were just the ticket to remember the trip. Here they are shooting at free-range chickens on the soccer field. Don't worry, there actually weren't any chickens and the accuracy, well, let's just say throwing a rock might be as effective. The Warani have nothing to fear... yet.
Tomorrow we travel to Montalvo to help with their Bible Club. It will be good to catch up with pastor Hernan and Jenny. For some of us this will be our 7th year visiting that church. More than a church, family is more like it.
Finally, a huge shout-out to Ms. Patti who was instrumental in assembling the VBS things - an outstanding job! We cannot thank you enough, but send every one of the hugs from the kids on to you.