On Sunday, I taught the children’s bible class. One of the points of my lesson was to be putting God’s word in our hearts. I "taught" the children a memory verse and told them to practice it and when they were able to say it all by themselves to come to my house and say it for me. I also told them I had a treat for them.
Late this afternoon as I was making dinner, my girls came running into the house saying that I had some visitors. I was a little confussed at first, but as I saw almost all the campus children pouring into my kitchen I knew why they were coming to visit me.
As we all stood around the kitchen, we listened to the oldest two in the bunch say the memory verse. One had come with it all written down on a piece of paper. I could tell she had been studying. All the children wanted to give it a try, but the oldest two are the only ones that "mastered" it today. I was so very proud of them! As we were listening to all the children, ranging in ages from about 3 to around 12 years old, I’m pretty sure everything in my kitchen, including our dinner was touched by all! But I didn’t care!
After everyone had a chance to say the verses I brought out a few little prizes to give to the kids that said them all without any help. Of course all the chidren wanted a prize. I’m not sure they all quite understood why they did not all go home with something, but I assured them as soon as they learned it they would get one too. I’m pretty sure one little boy asked me for a balloon no less than 100 times. Here is how the conversation went:
"Auntie Rachael, I’m asking for a balloon."
"I know Kipchirchir. You want a balloon. When you can tell me your memory verse you can have a balloon."
Then he would proceed to tell me the verse. He was trying, but was really only picking out some words…mother, father…then adding boys, girls, brothers which were not even a part.
Then it would begin again.
"Auntie Rachael, I’m asking for a balloon (with both hands cupped and held out to me)."
"I know Kipchirchir. You want a balloon. Have your mommy and daddy help you learn your memory verse and come back to see Auntie Rachael"
"Auntie Rachael. I’m asking for a balloon."
You get the idea.
I LOVED having all those children in my home and I loved standing around my kitchen hearing them say the words of God….and touching all my food! They were pretty excited because I was making pizza and one happened to need to come out of the oven while they were all standing around.
I will keep giving the children verses to learn as long as they will keep learning them.
As the older children were leaving my house today after I had given them a new verse to memorize, one boy said to another girl, "Come on Flora. We are going to have to work too hard on this."
It will be fun to see how they all do. I’m sure they will all do great!