A love that changes things
Monday, November 19, 2012 at 12:28AM
Love Help Teach in Kindergarten

By: Alicia Jones

Two weeks ago we started a full day kindergarten 8 am until 4:30 pm; previously we held a half day 8 am until 12 noon. On the first full day we had the most children we’ve ever had—18! And the children have been very faithful to attend with the new schedule. The children were extremely excited about sleeping at the kindergarten and many have slept peacefully during their afternoon nap. But I will say, settling into the longer days has taken nearly two weeks, and I think the children and the workers are adjusting well.

The kindergarten room ready for an afternoon rest.


     On Saturday morning we did a little program for some visitors with the children singing and reciting poems they’ve learned. As Ingrid, one of the local helpers, and I sat with the children to enjoy the rest of the church program I watched these little kindergarteners as they glanced up to Ingrid and me every so often. One little girl was a bit frightened when the guests got up to leave and she quickly made her way to my lap. In those few moments following her action, I reflected on the familiarity we have with the children now and the love we have in our kindergarten family. This love is truly a gift from God.

Sunday morning, I read Jeremiah 31:3, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued to extend faithful love to you.” Little by little I am seeing the faithful love of God take root in the precious hearts of these kindergarteners as we head into a third week of long days with them. I am confident that God’s love will make a lasting difference in the lives of these children and in the lives of their families. God’s love changes things, it overcomes evil, it drives out fear, and it illuminates dark places. I’m praying God’s love will change things in this place, Transcarpathia, Ukraine. Will you join me in that prayer?

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