I realized I hadn’t posted about Easter Sunday when I was getting ready to post about yesterday Sunday School! So here they are together!
“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.” Mark 9:37
Easter Sunday we were prepared for three hundred or more kids but I think there ended up being around two hundred, which was great – more manageable! There were twenty-two that gave their lives to Christ which was very encouraging! Some were our regular kids but there were some that don’t come regularly and we are praying they will come back. There were two from Easter that came back yesterday. We gave out bracelets and the kids were so excited!
After Sunday School Daddy hid eggs for Raelee to find. After she found them she told him that he wasn’t a very good “hider”! Ha, I told her she better watch out next year! It was a good day!
Yesterday we had about twice as many under five children, so many to handle! We also had more older children than usual. We had a scary moment when a little one that was sick stopped breathing because he was choked from mucus, he was like a limp doll and had fever. Christian got him breathing again and we had to force the parents to get him and take him home. They didn’t want to take him to the Dr. but this morning his father told us they had to take him in the night and he is currently in the hospital. I knew if Dr. Nelson saw him they would immediately put him in. I wanted to take him straight to the hospital but the parents acted like they really didn’t care so that really tied our hands, doing what we could by giving them the medical card and transport money. We have learned that we can’t change everyone, can’t save everyone and realize that in many situations we could hurt more than help if we took control and did what we felt was right. We prayed last night that God would watch over the boy, we would have been devastated if he had died. Everyone thought we had over-reacted and that it was “just the flu” and “lots of kids do that” but I don’t think they realize the danger of taking sickness here too lightly. Plus what would have happened if he had died here, I can’t imagine but I’m sure we would be held responsible in some way. Our prayers are for him and all the other children here that are sick, that don’t get the medical care they need until it is at a critical point or in many cases too late.
After the scare we got to start classes. I am very excited that our teenage helper wants to do the flannel board stories with the small children while Derrick and I teach the older kids. It is a relief for me, to know that I can have a break at times and I don’t have to run around getting everyone organized! She will have to have me helping her for a little while as she learns to change out the scenes in the stories – I started her off with a pretty simple one. I am thankful she wanted to do this and I think it will be very good for her. She has three older sisters, two are in college and are very outgoing, one in her last year of high school. A younger sister and brother who are always bragged about because they are the smartest. So she is kind of in the middle and this year the only one not away for school. I pray this gives her something of her own and will help her gain self-esteem and also a love and understanding of God’s love for her.
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 3:14-15