The classroom’s laptop must love to take walks, because it was missing again when I got to the classroom.
Thankfully I had not planned to use it today since the kids started their arts and crafts for the mission project’s flyers and posters!
Fifteen minutes into class time, Pastor Brad came into the room with a spare laptop. He worked diligently for the next ten minutes to connect to the Internet in the room, even though I told him we were not using the DVD for class. This Internet has been giving us problems for the past month, and Pastor Brad has tried everything imaginable to get the router working. He told me the ‘Geek Squad’ was supposed to work on it later this week, and that it may be fixed within the month.
I had pretty much accepted the fact that we would not have Internet for the rest of the year, and I had adapted the lesson plans accordingly. Little did I know that Pastor Brad had another plan. He was determined to get the Internet working for us. He knew the kids needed it to research their mission project.
The kids were SO EXCITED to work on crafts today! I had not seen them smile as big as they did when I told them they were starting their posters and flyers. Even the boys were excited (As you can see in the pictures below!!).
I was not expecting such an energetic response, or such an emphatic dedication to the project. One of the girls came with more preparation than most professionals do at board meetings.
Last week, she and her friend (who is also in the class but was absent today) made flyers, stickers, and had already collected donations for some Life Straws! I could not believe it, and I am grateful for her proactive leadership. It is encouraging to see kids carrying out the mission and incorporating it into their lives. I could not have been happier at that moment.
She showed the stickers to her peers. They read: “I just donated a Life Straw, you should too.”
Really? I thought to myself, “I cannot believe she did that. All on her own. ALL on her own!!”
I was taken aback by such a small gesture and by the work of two fifth grade girls outside of Sunday School class. That is what this year is about for me: to watch these kids mature into independent, resourceful, and thankful individuals; to grow up in a supportive environment and find their purpose in life; to seek guidance when needed; and to feel nurtured in a welcoming place outside of the rigors of school and bitterness of society.
Today truly solidified my purpose in being at the church each Sunday, and in preparing lessons, coordinating the mission project, and encouraging these kids.
Not long after Mallory and her friend overwhelmed me with pride about their work, Pastor Brad returned and turned on the Internet! FINALLY, it works!! He realized that the power supply to the router was dead, so he changed it. We were able to use the Internet to research facts, pictures, and ideas for the posters. How cool is that?!
Building upon the work ethic Mallory and her friend set forth in their external efforts, the rest of the kids made magnificent posters and flyers to put around the church. It is going to be a wonderful service project, and everyone will know what the kids hope to accomplish. They will see the kids’ passion for the mission and the effort they are putting into helping individuals thousands of miles away.