We are filled with joy to be working with the Building My Horizon children again this year! The first event in the start-up week was the parents’ information session on Monday, May 7th. There was a great turnout of 25 parents! We were especially happily surprised that all of the Nisnic parents attended. As they don’t live close to the Shekinah Center, we weren’t sure how many of them would come. Their attendance confirmed how hungry they are to have this opportunity for their children. As one of the very few safe and Christian after school places for children, that also offers occupational training, the program is highly valued by the parents. They are very happy with the computer science and typing education that the children will receive. They also agreed to the program’s terms and are in favor of all the events planned during the program. It was a very successful meeting!
The children started Tuesday, May 8th (girls) and Thursday, May.10th (boys). The main emotion was excitement, with a bit of first day nerves. Before initiating the class, the teacher and assistants stood together in a circle, hand in hand, and prayed. Gratitude was given to God and for everyone involved in the program. Wisdom was asked for as we started and that every boy and girl would be able to learn all that will be taught. It was a beautiful moment that brought peace and empowerment. We were ready to begin…
The children were ready to start too. Building My Horizon is a lot of fun for them, but more importantly they get to learn how to have a relationship with God and those around them. What they learn will equip them to face life’s challenges, excel, and be who God created them to be.
The first topic taught was “The Concept of Love”. They learned that God is love and He teaches us how to live and love. It was emphasized that love is more than a feeling, it is an action!
The qualities of love as an action were specified through 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”
This was their bible verse to memorize. Each week they will learn a new Bible verse!
To further solidify their learning, they created and presented plays that demonstrate how to love others. They learned a song with actions that spoke of having the love of Jesus in their hearts and the life change that this brings. You also may have noticed a train that said “AMOR” (LOVE). Each class has a train car with that week’s topic and the children will craft their own. They will learn a lot more! Upcoming topics are: “Loving Jesus”, “Loving Yourself”, “Loving Others”, and “Loving Nature”. They will also learn numerous important values that God calls us to have.
They will put their learning into action! In June, they will go to a rural village and teach children about “Who is Jesus?” with their own words. This topic will come alive through games, songs, and drama. Also, they will give back to the malnutrition ward at the local hospital! They are giving money each week to purchase diapers and supplemental nutrition. At the end of the program, they will go in person and donate the supplies. They will have many life changing experiences! We have much gratitude for your involvement! Please continue to contribute through praying.