To play this game everyone stands in a circle, shoulder to shoulder. One boy is in the middle. The boys in the circle pass a small object behind their backs around the circle. The boy in the middle has to close his eyes for 5 seconds, and then when he opens them, he must guess who has the ball. To distract the boy who is guessing and to add pressure, the boys in the circle chant in a particular rhythm, “Paaaaass it on, pass it on, pass it on. Paaaaass it on, pass it on, pass it on” as they pass the ball around the outside of the circle behind their backs – hoping to not be caught with the ball and have to go into the middle!
We started off with about 3 small games going on around the church, then everyone came to the middle and we had one giant Pass It On game. After taking some photos, I realized the boys were no longer saying “Pass it on” but something else. I asked, “Uncle Abdul, what are they saying now?” He replied with a giant smile, “They are saying the same thing! But in the local language!”
My heart was blessed. I smiled as well and felt a surge of joy spread from my heart throughout my entire body. The unison became stronger and stronger, as their voices became louder and louder, and their smiles larger and larger. My boys were taking something I taught them, and making it their own.
Another recent encouragement came just last week and this morning. Last week I taught the boys these 5 Truths along with ways to remember them using your fingers…
1. Thumbs up: God is good. I can trust Him.
2. Hold up a #1 sign with your pointer finger: I am #1 in God’s eyes. He will always love me.
3. Middle finger (no, we don’t hold it up alone, but alongside all other fingers): God is the biggest and most powerful thing in the universe. He is always in control.
4. Wedding Ring Finger: A lot of people think you have to have someone or something else to be happy and complete in life, but God is all we need.
5. Pinky Finger: We focus on this a lot, but in reality, we need to keep it a small focus—God has a plan for us. We don’t need to worry about our future.
Then, you take your 5 fingers, make a fist, and pound it into your other hand saying, “With these 5 truths, I can beat Satan when he comes to attack me!”
Soooo.. here is where the encouragement came in. I taught that lesson last Monday to the boys in Kivulu. On Friday, one of the littlest boys, Steven, ran up to me, and held up his fingers and progressed through each one... “AUNTIE LAUREN!!! God is good! I can trust Him! I’m #1 in God’s life! He is big and powerful! He is everything I need! And He has a plan for my life!” and had a HUGE grin at the end of it. Again, joy and encouragement surged through my body! And just this morning, Caitlyn informed me that her boys have been practicing these 5 Truths every night at the dinner table and can’t wait for me to come tomorrow so they can show me. J
One of my personal goals has been to have lessons that boys can enjoy, remember, and take ownership of in order to apply to their lives. I feel the Lord created these few moments of encouragement to show me that my hard work and time involved in my lessons has been profitable. I felt encouraged that I am meeting my goal.
So, I continue to pray. I pray that the Lord continues to guide me in future lessons. I pray that the lessons I teach are appropriate, engaging, encouraging, and easily remembered. I don’t want random stories and lessons that the boys forget and don’t care about the next day.
Just like the story of the boys chanting the “pass it on” in their own language, I want the boys to take ownership of what I teach them. Of course the lessons should be enjoyable, but after the fun ends, may the boys remember the Truth that was revealed to them and be able to allow it to soak into their lives.
Thank you always for your prayers and encouragements. Several people have written me sweet notes on Facebook or emailed me. I want you to know that those letters are so encouraging. We are all in this together! I depend on your prayers for our boys and API staff.
Here are some photos of the boys playing Pass It On.
Reaching out to our Bombo Community... and you can too!
So, we have decided to allow some of the neighborhood children to attend our Homeschool (school fees are so high and some families cannot afford for their children to go to school). However, not all of the children have full sponsorships yet. API has not asked me to do this at all, but I wanted to give you the knowledge and opportunity. Many of you are sponsoring me personally and it is a giant blessing! But the Lord tugs on peoples heart in different ways. If you feel like you want to be involved and help with the sponsorship of one of our community children, please let me know and I will give you the details. You can email me privately or send me a message on Facebook.