May we read it again?Rich Stigall
By Trip Manager Stephanie Mutert
Seeking to engage older kids working on English language skills, as well as younger kids simply fond of pictures in books, some recent visitors brought English and Creole versions of Bible stories. Knowing attention spans are limited for some ages, it would be easy to assume that an activity like that would last for only a little while. However, never underestimate the aching desire of kids to learn and spend time reading.
Each visitor sat for hours reading the books with the kids. Some reading in English, others practicing Creole pronunciation while being corrected by patient teens happy to see their desire to learn Creole, and many kids reading out loud in both languages. There was lots of comparing English words to Creole words by all willing to learn. It was a festival of words being tossed into the air, all grounded in the stories from the Bible.
One particular visitor read aloud and worked with the kids during her time at the village. In her first foray into the world of stories with the kids, she thought they would want to hear different ones, yet once finished with the story of Noah, she asked her friend which one she wanted to read next. The quick response came with a request to read of Noah again.
The most beautiful element of all of the days spent reading was watching friendships grow centered on the stories of the Old and New Testament, and hearing about the conversations that came from that time spent together pouring over God’s Word.
Many words can be said in one day. Positive words. Negative words. Apathetic words. Angry words. Yet words centered around God’s heart for the world and his son, the Rescuer, are the most important of all.
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