Our team just finished serving at Jubilee school for the second day. We spent time in each classroom doing a variety of activities from reading to scratch art to painting pinewood derby car bodies. In between activities, members of our group, especially the youth, have already played hours of soccer with the students during their breaks and after school. What fun we’re having!
We arrived on Saturday and enjoyed lunch together before going to a national park, El Picacho, where we had orientation and prayed over our week in the midst of God’s beautiful creation. Sunday we spent at church and visiting families from the church.
Yesterday, we began our time at the school and had the opportunity to bless the school in a special way. We decided to convey the message of the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16), to the students in a fun way. We performed a short dramatization of the passage for all of the students and then shared with them that they would be blessed with a pizza party for lunch. What does a pizza party have to do with the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, you ask?
We had originally planned to throw a pizza party for the students at the end of the week and have them read a certain number of books or pages in order to earn it. Then we got to thinking…. Since Christ’s love for us is something we don’t have to earn, couldn’t we just bless these kids with a fun pizza lunch at the beginning of the week, just because? Of course the answer was yes. We know that we are completely undeserving of Christ’s love but he gives it freely anyway so we were happy to also be able to bless the students freely in this way.
Grace and peace,
U.S. Executive Director