I want to start by bragging a little bit. I was incredibly impressed by our students on Monday. Every single person in our group went above and beyond when it came to leading our first Kid's Club and painting in the heat yesterday. Every single one of our students took on leadership roles that stretched them. They took on the different tasks they were asked to do without complaining. They took iniative, thought ahead, came up with creative ideas and stepped up to the challenge of leading the 32 kids who came here on Monday. Those who painted did so in the heat with good attitudes. I am incredibly thankful for each and every one of our students and for the adult leaders on our trip. I praise God for all of them!
We spent the morning planning and getting ready our Kid's Club in the afternoon. Our lesson was on Noah and we wanted the kids to learn about God's love for them and his promise to save them and restore the earth. Yesterday at church, a woman approached one of our leaders and said she would pray for over 30 children to come to Kid's Club. It was an incredible blessing when we counted the amount of kids and realized that we had 32. Praise God! It is good to be specific when we pray to God!
We split the group into several teams according to their God given gifts. We had a skit team, a game team, a craft team, a music team and a snack/setup team. We gave all of them the resources and ideas they would need to lead their section of the Kid's Club and they did an amazing job! The skit team came up with an awesome retelling of Noah. A highlight for me was when Noah sent out a paper airplane from the ark because we didn't have access to a dove. The paper airplane dove was even thrown back to Noah with an olive branch in it!
Above: The group gathers for our Kid's Club on Noah.
Sunday marks our second day here in Zuni and we have had a wonderful day today to worship with the congregation at Zuni Christian Mission and to explore the village a little bit.
There are two things that members of our group have remarked about over and over again. The first is the amazing scenery around the village. There are beautiful Mesa’s in the distance and the desert is many different shades of brown and green. The second thing people keep saying over and over again is how amazing the facilities are here at Zuni Christian Mission. They have a beautiful sanctuary, a large gym, a nice youth space, a top of the line kitchen and plenty of office space and classrooms.
Ridgewood's youth ministry programs have an intergenerational emphasis which means that we try to encourage interaction between people from different generations as much as we can. A few weeks ago, I noticed that Ridgewood's MMORE team was eating dinner on Sunday nights at the exact same time that Flame was eating dinner together in a different part of the church. I floated the idea to MMORE that maybe we could join together for an evening and they thought that it sounded great.
Our time together went great! We had planned to spend 30 minutes eating together, but this turned into an hour of conversation, laughter and getting to know each other better. Both groups agreed that we definitely needed to do it again!
You can see pictures of our time together below followed by a summary of our youth group lesson for the night.