Thursday, July 25, 2014
So last night after our group talk, Kathi pulled me aside. She asked if I would lead they bible story for today. I said of course, why not. The message was the gospel message. The message of Jesus’s sacrifice. Asking kids to give their lives to Christ. I was honored! I felt blessed! I would have never guessed I would be asked to give the gospel message. I had never done it before. It was an awesome experience and I can’t wait to do it again.
VBS. This is usually a target for younger kids. It might be better to say that it reaches younger kids easier. Typically toddlers to elementary school. Once the kids hit junior high, they start to lose interest.
Before leaving for Jamaica, Dan and Kathi got some of the guys together to talk about a curriculum for the older guys. If any were going to come. Over here, its rare seeing men in the church. Why? I’m not exactly sure. If I had to guess, I’d say it comes from a place of pride. A place of thinking that church is for weak people. Which in my opinion, is spot on. The church is a place for weak, broken people. The problem is recognizing that we are all weak and broken without Christ. No matter who you are or where you come from, you have problems. Face them or deny them. That choice is yours. But if you choose to see reality, then you’ll understand that we are all weak and poor. We all need Jesus. Take a step back and recognize it.
So at Dan and Kathi’s house, we were trying to figure out what to teach the older guys. After brainstorming, we started thinking.. what if we dont have any older guys? How do we get them to come? The girls? Hopefully not but if they guys saw the girls on our team, they would probably come. Let’s not take that approach though. Sports. We figured if we had a futbol, a hacky sac, or something that had to do with sports, they would come. Sure enough, they came.
Theses guys were awesome. From day one they welcomed us, respected us, and basically treated us like brothers. But they didn’t talk much. Nothing more than a surface level conversation. They wanted to play futbol, and thats about it.
Today was a breakthrough. After the music and bible story, they guys actually sat in a circle with us and started making conversation. Basic. But it was something. The pressures of being a male in Jamaica. Fighting. Guys like to fight to show their dominance. Its manly, and it proves how tough you are. Typical and universal in men. So we emphasized turning the other cheek. Instead of engaging in a fight, walk away from it. They didn’t like it. To them, its weakness. But if walking away from a fight is harder to do, then only a real man can do it.
After VBS we took a trip down to the beach. Beach futbol, and the ocean. Perfect afternoon. The locals were darting for the water busting out front flips and back flips. So we did too. Might have landed on the back once or twice but eventually got the hang of it. Then they’d climb onto each others shoulders and back flip off. We did too. The gopro came in handy for these moments.
Today was rad because we got to hang out with the locals in their hometown. We got to do what they do and experience a bit of their lives. They dont have much, but they make the most of what they do have.
Please keep our team and Jamaica in your prayers. So many amazing things happening. I’m excited to share the rest.