Fun Tough Kids
Over the past few days, I’ve had a great time teaching, playing sports and getting to know the kids. Although we’ve played soccer, basketball, volleyball, and kickball with the kids, they’re most passionate for soccer. Our afternoon soccer game is my favorite part of every day. The kids take off their sandals to run, kick and play and claim it doesn’t hurt their thick-skinned bare feet. Although they are always very well mannered, their competitive spirit shows on the field. It’s normal for kids to get kicked in the face when going for a ball, or to take a tumble on the hard dirt while chasing a ball but you rarely see them cry. They just stand up, wipe the dirt off, smile and continue playing hard. Their toughness on the field is clear, and it’s my goal to lead them to keep that toughness in all aspects of life including their faith.
Coming from backgrounds as equipment managers, we understand how important it is to prepare. Whether it’s planning out this week’s daily activities, or taking inventory of the gear, the preparation process helps us properly manage 77 kids. But to prepare our hearts to serve, we meet with the full-time staff, which includes missionaries, cooks, and groundskeepers every morning to participate in morning devotion. We sing a hymn and begin to look into God’s word. On Wednesday morning, we read a passage from Exodus 3 then talked about the tough times in Moses’ life. After Moses was exiled from Egypt he was alone and didn’t fear God. Like Moses, many of the staff members, children, and even us short-term missionaries, were lost and without God at some point. When Moses was on the mountain and saw the burning bush, he put his trust in God and he was able to achieve some great things. Like Moses, all the children and staff at this village are now saved and ready to achieve great things. During our daily morning devotions, I am able to focus my heart on serving the kids.
The kids really seem to enjoy our company and our guidance because we are the first young male missionaries that have visited this village. We have only been on site for four days and we have not even started the core of our ministry. I hope that the next two weeks will be as meaningful and fun as this first week.
Ben Wright, University of Michigan Football