Sometimes I get tired of being consumed with plants, soil and weeds. That’s why it was refreshing to have a different task last Saturday – helping to run Children’s Day. Each year God’s Care Ministries sponsors this day to celebrate children and demonstrate how much each child is loved. In a place where very young children often carry immense responsibility, it also provides a chance to laugh and play – to be a child.
Although I was intrigued to see what the day would be like, I didn’t expect to be particularly affected. But when I met 200 children marching down from the church on the hill, clapping and singing praise songs, my heart could not remain untouched. Some children were smartly dressed in school uniforms, others in old clothes and shoes that had seen multiple previous owners. I knew that so many of these children come from abusive or impoverished situations beyond what I could imagine, yet I heard their voices and hands strong with melodies and rhythm. I felt chills as I spontaneously found myself interceding for these young lives, pleading with God that their hope is not in vain.
When this little procession reached the sports field, we were met with white tents, streamers and balloons, all prepared just for these children.
Throughout the day the children enjoyed games, choir presentations, speeches (even in events for children, the practice of speech giving by important figures cannot be omitted), good food, juice and cake. They were even sent home with Smarties and “DumDums” (those little lollipops)! I contributed by taking up my previous occupation to facilitate game time – definitely organized chaos, with an emphasis on chaos. By the time the day finished, there were close to 600 children in attendance.
Although God’s Care Ministries has many facets, ultimately we work for the restoration and transformation of this community, which we pray that these children will experience. It was a privilege to move from the grassroots (pun not intended) of the organization to catch a glimpse of the ultimate reason that I put in long days and constantly have soil under my nails.