We were all crammed into the car, leaving behind two of our team members to spend the night at the location. This would save the time of driving us all back and forth in addition of providing them an early jump on the day.
The next morning we left at 6am to arrive on site early, the day was already warming up as a wave of hot humid air blanketed over us as we stepped onto the grassy field at the school. The children had begun to arrive, although I told them I had work to do and we would start our time together some time around 10am.
At 10am they were lined up and ready. We started with songs…these kids love to sing! The day before I had taught them 3 songs, “Waddle Le Ah Cha”, “Noah’s Arky”, and “Jesus Loves Me”.
We had a lot of fun, but today…well…today was different.
The song that came to mind is an African American song called Kumbaya; that was originally sung in the Creole language. It asks God to come near to those who need him. It is inviting Him to come to your aid.
Hebrews 4:16, “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (NLT)
I hadn’t thought it through… the Lord gave me the idea when I asked, "What next Lord?" I am glad I asked...because what God had in store...was amazing.
"Kumbaya" unfolded as a Chaplain tool, as the children began to relate to the song and request for God to come near...
Someone is crying…
The children shared regarding the tears of fear they shed during the typhoon.
Someone is praying…
The stories of the prayers they prayed for help.
Someone is working…
They listened to sound of the hammers pounding the nails into the new roofs of the school all around them…and they smiled with a sense of fulfillment.
Someone is thankful…
They were thankful that their prayers were being answered grateful that God would smile on them
Someone is Happy…
With BIG smiles they all agreed…I could see understanding in their hearts.
They decided to sing for the team on their lunch break…the quality of the video is not that good...but the treat of them singing...out shines the quality of the video. I can't wait to share with you what happened next...
But that is another story for next week!
So until then...
If it is tears...then cry out
If it is a need...then ask
If it is work to be done...look around, God will supply
And then remember to...
Give Thanks with a joyful heart!
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