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Monday, June 18, 2018

Celebrating the African Child

For at least 5 years now I have been asked to share God's Word and lead "Africa Child Day" at Precious Children Primary School.  This is the first year that I learned the history of that day... so I am going to share Wikipedia's explanation with you:
The Day of the African Child has been celebrated on June 16 every year since 1991,(François Xavier 阿福’s year of birth) when it was first initiated by the OAU Organisation of African Unity. It honors those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976 on that day. It also raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African children.
In Soweto, South Africa, on June 16, 1976, about ten thousand black school children marched in a column more than half a mile long, protesting the poor quality of their education and demanding their right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of young students were shot, the most famous of which being Hector Pieterson (see image). More than a hundred people were killed in the protests of the following two weeks, and more than a thousand were injured. 
 This year's theme was the Lord's Prayer... so on Friday Jalyssa and I headed off to the school to spend the day with 300+ energetic children.
 I shared a little "magic" trick with the kids... showing what happens when sin wrecks our lives and fellowship with God... and then
 how the blood of Jesus makes us whole again.
Dramatic storytelling
 On Saturday, June 16, I helped many wonderful church leaders in town to help pull off a children's crusade in the public gardens.  (There was a Canadian team here from Saskatchewan running a 4 day adult crusade, and this morning with the kids was an extension of that ministry.)
 While waiting for the sound system to get set up, I entertained the children with a family favourite activity - a round of "Dum Dum Dadada"
 A long time friend of mine helped me to lead a few songs in worship also.
 The crowd started out small, but we fed almost 700 children snacks and juice.... after breaking into groups for Bible study and games!!
Registration, Organization, Communication, Patience, Forgiveness, Fun, and Teamwork help an event like this to be pulled off smoothly.

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