The main reasons our team was in Kenya was threefold: teacher training, pastor conference and school evangelism. I was on the school team & had a great time interacting with the kids in the village schools. Some of the kids walk for an hour each way in the heat to get to school. It’s so amazingly different from the world that we live in.
The first day at the schools was as to be expected – full of uncertainty: of how we’d be received, of what we’d do with the kids all day, of what the language barrier would be, etc. Thankfully, the kids were excited to see us come and some of the kids spoke English. English is taught and spoken in the schools, but we could tell that not everyone understood when we spoke, especially the younger kids. The kids were constantly touching my hair and skin, it was so different for them. I eventually just took my hair out of the ponytail and let them touch it. They thought it was so funny to see the veins on the inside of my arms because of my light skin – something I would have never thought about before our visit.
We did so many fun things with the kids at the schools – at some we made necklaces, taught them how to make paper airplanes, gave them coloring sheets and acted out Bible stories. Needless to say, the kids loved getting things that they don’t normally have like crayons, beads & balls. I loved doing sidewalk chalk with this sweet little girl. I’d draw something and then she’d color it in. An older girl would follow behind and spell out what it was in English – she was quite good at spelling in English!
The kids also loved when we sang to them – Father Abraham was a favorite and they just laughed & laughed at us singing and doing the hand motions. My favorite parts of the days at the school was when they sang to us. Their voices are so sweet and pure and even though I didn’t know what they were saying because it was in another language, I could tell they were singing about God because of the joy in their faces.
The last school we visited we taught them all about water balloons. I was hesitant at first because Kenya is in the dry season right now and I didn’t want to be disrespectful “wasting” water. But Bishop James told us that the kids would love it so we filled up the balloons at the compound where we stayed and walked across the street to the school. We did our normal schedule of singing, telling them about Jesus and passing out games, balls, & jump ropes.
Then we took them all outside and put them in a line. We explained water balloons to the teachers, who had never heard about them either, and they jumped right in to help us launch the balloons to the kids. I loved seeing the joy on the teachers faces as they launched the balloons and how one male teacher broke a balloon all over himself and laughed more than I’ve ever seen. It was such a great end to our time at the schools. The Head Master (Principal) even got in on the action (below right) and he didn’t want to give up the catapult to anyone else. He was having so much fun launching balloons. It’s the little things.
Being with the kids was so fun. The first day was tiring being there for the entire school day, but oh so rewarding being paid with smiles and laughs.
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