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Christmas For Kids :: Malawi

January 27, 2015

KW Editor's Note: In December, a KW team traveled to Malawi to work with our brothers and sisters in Christ to bring the Christmas message to the children there. One of the members of that team (Anna Hirschfeld) reflects on an insight she had about material gain.



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Anna Hirschfeld

In both of the villages we visited, it was very eye-opening to compare what the Malawians have and what I take for granted.  I noticed one example of this when I was teaching the craft in Glasten.  Each child was given one crayon.   Not having much, if any experience with crayons, I explained how their project would be more colorful if they shared crayons with their friends.  I showed them the examples I had, where I had used several colors.  The kids caught on quickly to this and were very eager to exchange with a neighbor. When they held up their projects to show me, they had such excitement on their faces when I told them how beautiful their craft looked. Then at the end of the day, we gathered the crayons back so we could use them the following day.  Little did the children know, at the end of the last day of VBS, they were able to keep a crayon. The looks on their faces were priceless! The number of children we had here was less than the village of Ncondezi, so we were able to give more to the children than we expected.  Each child was able to take not just one crayon but two, and not just the craft they had finished, but a few coloring sheets too.  When they were told this, the air filled with the shouts and excitement of the children.  I never knew someone could get so much joy out of 2 crayons and a few sheets of paper.  

 

Dec 19, 2014 - Day 3 of VBS in the village of Glasten

December 26, 2014

by Mary Lindloff

Today I arrived at the village with mixed feelings; this was our last day of VBS here in Malawi! I was excited to have another opportunity to share God's Word with the children but I was also sad that this was my last day working with these precious children. Also, to be honest, I was a bit tired this morning from all the prep and teaching work we had done over the past two weeks.

That feeling of fatigue suddenly evaporated as we pulled up to the church and t...


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Dec 18, 2014 - Day 2 of VBS in the village of Glasten

December 26, 2014

by Mary Lindloff

Today we arrived for our second day of VBS in the village of Glasten. I was excited to be able to teach the story of Jesus' birth to so many children!

After I told the story of Jesus' birth, the children had the opportunity to act out the story using masks. The children had chances to be Mary, Joseph, Caesar Augustus, the owner of the inn and the animals in the stable. The children eagerly volunteered to act out the story; their faces lit up with joy when the...


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THE TO DO LIST: BECCA REHBERGER

December 2, 2014

KW Editor Note:  Becca Rehberger served in Toledo, Ohio this summer at Zion Lutheran Church and School.  Her mission was to help them grow in the community and spread God’s Word.


Everybody has a list: things to do, things to buy, people to see. Here in Toledo, Ohio, at Zion Lutheran Church, we have a list as well: a list of people for us to contact. It’s straightforward enough: names, numbers and addresses. They’re entries in a database.


Or are they?


We’ve done a lot of phone canvassing...


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NORTH HOLLYWOOD'S VBS: DAVID SPAUDE

November 25, 2014

KW Editor Note: David Spaude volunteered over the summer and his time was spent in North Hollywood at St. Paul’s First Lutheran Church.  Like many of our other volunteers, a portion of his experience was assisting with Vacation Bible School.


This week at St. Paul’s was VBS. The theme was “A Ticket to Adventure.” Each day’s Bible story took place in a different city. So as we traveled from city to city we learned new songs and new facts about each place. The kids had opportunities to...


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SUMMER CAMP IN FORT MYERS: ALLI DORN

November 11, 2014

KW Editor Note: Alli Dorn was sent to Crown of Life Lutheran in Fort Myers, Florida this summer and spent most of her time volunteering for their summer camp program.  


The time I spent in Fort Myers was time well spent. Everyone that I met there was inviting and kind. It was very nice getting to know some of the members of Crown of Life. It wasn't just the teachers and staff that were excited about Haley and I working there, some of the members even took us out for sightseeing. Everyone wa...


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LABOR IN THE LORD IS NOT IN VAIN: HANNAH HACKBARTH

November 4, 2014

KW Editor Note: Hannah Hackbarth was sent to Zion Lutheran Church and School in Toledo, Ohio to volunteer over the summer. Her service, as well as the service of many others, is a blessing to both KW and the communities in which they serve.


Much of Becca and my ministry assistance at Zion has involved phone calling. We started with a list of over 300 names of families eligible for the EdChoice program in our area, and we were given the task to whittle it down to only the names of people intere...


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PHOENIX VBS: ALLI SONGSTAD & LAURA ALBRECHT

October 28, 2014

KW Editor Note: Allison Songstad and Laura Albrecht were Kingdom Workers Faith In Action volunteers who spent a week at Deer Valley Lutheran Church in Phoenix, Arizona.  Their work with children in the VBS program is a blessing and we are thankful for their service.


The past couple days have been such a great experience here in Phoenix, Arizona. The children’s faith is growing each day and it is amazing to watch. The VBS theme is Wilderness Escape and the story of Moses, and the kids are ...


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MAKING FRIENDS - PART OF THE MINISTRY: DAVID SPAUDE

October 21, 2014

KW Editor Note: David Spaude went to North Hollywood this summer as a Kingdom Workers volunteer.  He worked with children at St. Paul’s First Lutheran Church and School.  


This week in North Hollywood we broke out the safety goggles and explored the world of science! We did all sorts of experiments such as baking soda and vinegar volcanoes, exploding ziplock bags, slime and even something called elephant toothpaste! We made animal calls to study sound waves and also explored optical illus...


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THE BLESSINGS OF CANVASSING: ALISON & MELISSA

October 14, 2014

KW Editor Note: Alison Boulden and Melissa Stibb returned to York and Seward, Nebraska for their second summer in a row as a Summer Ministry Assistance team.  The work of all volunteers is a blessing to the congregations and communities they serve.    




This is our second summer in Nebraska as a Summer Ministry Assistance team. We were so excited to be back and interact with everyone we had gotten close to last year! Because this is our second time here, we have compiled a list of “guidelines...


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