by Mary LindloffToday 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
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 they were chosen to act a part. I was very impressed with how
well they did with this acting. They each said their part with little or no
prompting. The animals even made animal noises as Mary and Joseph entered the
stable! At this point in the story, all the children began to sing one of their
favorite Christmas songs about Jesus being born in a stable.
It immediately struck me how similar this re-enactment of
the Christmas story was to how children re-enact the Christmas story in the
U.S. - either through live nativities or school Christmas programs. Even though
the children here in Malawi may live lives so drastically different from
children in the U.S., they are similar in so many ways. They have joy in their
hearts because they know about Jesus' birth. They have joy in their hearts as
they praise God for sending His Son to earth to save us all. What a great
experience it was to see children on the other side of the world who have the
exact same joy and focus as so many Christian children in the U.S.!
In : FIA
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