Friday, May 6, 2011

KIDS' GAMES 2011


KIDS’ GAMES 2011


          Before Christ ascended to heaven, he gave a command to His followers called the Great Commission. It’s found in the book of Matthew chapter 28. It says, “Go ye and preach to all the nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.” It is a Christian’s responsibility to share to other people the love of God and tell them about someone who died for them on the cross, who forgave them from their sins, and who offered the gift of salvation. Moreover, the Lord has a special heart for the children. When Jesus was still on Earth doing His ministry, parents were bringing their children to Christ and some children deliberately came close to Christ. This annoyed the disciples so they keep the babies and the little children away from Jesus. The disciples thought that these children are unimportant and insignificant and would only bother and disturb Jesus. When Jesus knew about this, he went and rebuked his disciples. He said in Matthew 19:14, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." We see here that Jesus’ love for the children is enormous and abundant.
          In obedience to the Great Commission, the KIDS’ Games was once again done. It is a 5- day yearly activity done every month of April where we practically go to a particular place in the community, and primarily share to the children about this gift of salvation. At the same time, we teach them new songs, give them special activities suitable for their age like coloring for children with ages 4 - 6 and advance worksheets to those with ages 10 or above, do crafts, and play various games, as the name of the event implies.
          This year, we were able to do this in 16 different centers in the community, and we were able to reach 800 children, with 45 teachers and volunteers. Most of the teachers and volunteers were young people – high school and college students and few professionals. It was a great challenge for us. It isn’t easy to handle children especially that most of us didn’t undergo proper training on teaching children and we aren’t used on doing it. We really have to stretch our patience and raise our voices. We have to see to it that they will learn something from the lesson. What caused us to survive the week-long activity was really the compassion for the children as shown by Christ himself.
          Some of the pictures taken from my center are the following:








Here are the volunteers and teachers who worked hard all throughout the week:






To God be the Glory! :)

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