Thursday, June 28, 2012

Our Outreach to a Daycare!

In our girls group, here at the Lighthouse Community Center, we have been teaching our girls:

We are always encouraging the girls that it does not matter that they are just children.  They can make a postive impact on their community - their slum, their school, their families and friends - by the small choices and kind actions they make each day.

 Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
 1 Timothy 4:12
 
A few months ago, we even brainstormed a list of practical things that the girls could do to be a blessing and make a difference.  It was a long list of ideas - the girls really got into brainstorming!  Then we decided to choose one main idea, and together as a group do it!

So the girls in our group unanimously chose the idea to go into the slum and do an outreach to a local day care center - which is run by the government and provides childcare to the poor families in the slum.   This childcare makes it possible for parents to work (especially the single moms), which results in helping the overall financial condition of the families.



 The girls in our group LOVE to dance so they prepared a dance for the children at the daycare.  First they presented the dance, then they invited the children to dance along.  The little ones were so cute!



With lots of help from Alynena and I, we also prepared a drama teaching the importance of making good choices, showing kindness, sharing, using manners, helping others and treating others with love.    Since our group has been learning about making a difference, we wanted to teach about this.  It is in our small acts of kindness that we can make a difference and really share the love of God.

Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.  1 John 3:18 
 
  
At the end of the drama the girls gave out hand-made paper flowers to all the children.



The girls really enjoyed this experience of doing an outreach at the local daycare!
  After the performance one of the teachers complimented the girls (in front of everyone) saying she was very happy and proud to see the girls doing something like this. About four girls from our group actually went to this daycare center when they were toddlers, so it was very rewarding for their former teachers to see them now doing so well, making good choices and choosing to do something to bless the little ones of our slum.

The whole outreach really was the girls' idea and they took it seriously. They worked hard preparing for it and saw the fruit of their labor.  They were a blessing!  The girls felt very proud of the compliments they received from their former teacher and were encouraged to continue to show God's love by their kind actions.
The girls are already planning our next outreach to make a difference in the slum!

"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."    Matt. 25:40

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