Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Students, Neighbours, Patients & Prisoners

There's something about seeing the neediest of needy students giving back to
the community. Three times a year, classes go out and minister to
surrounding areas through work projects, song and dance, testimonies, and
giving of basic necessity items. Last week I jumped in the truck with the
nursery and kindergarten students and went to 2 nearby schools. Lots of
schools don't even have school supplies and these students received new
notebooks and pencils!

In March I joined the Grade 7 students slashing grass, trimming dead leaves
off of plants and digging a pit for a latrine for a mentally ill community
lady. The lady was bitten by a snake leaving her hand paralyzed and her only
son, who is in Kindergarten class, has taken up the responsibility for
maintaining the home and surrounding areas. The compound needed a lot of
work and it was so great to see the Grade 7 students step up and help out.

Last November, I joined the Primary classes on their outreach to a hospital
and a Prison about an hour's drive away. The students prayed for the sick
patients, gave them gifts and had time to hold the newborn babies. At the
prison, the students did dramas, sang and danced, teachers shared their
testimonies and our Chaplin spoke to the prisoners. The prisoners were so
excited to receive a bowl, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste!

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