Saturday, July 25, 2009

Raining on Today’s English Club

Early this morning I was unhappy to not be able to take my brand new bike on a 4 hour round trip bike trip with some friends to Dongshi in Chiayi County due to the threat of inclement weather. I was especially unhappy about the trip’s cancellation when the weather this morning turned out to be just fine! That changed this afternoon just before my afternoon English club for neighborhood kids… the rains began coming down resulting in a reduced attendance of 8 kids with one parent.

It went well though. Last week for the short bible story segment I began using a new set of bilingual children’s stories for kids which relate events from the viewpoint of animals (a lion001 hungry lion’s view of the story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den; an elephant’s perspective of the Noah flood story. The English is simple with Chinese above it, and there’s no more than a sentence or two for each beautifully illustrated page.

Today I’m sure it wasn’t lost on the kids that when we got to the part of the Noah story about the rains coming down, exactly that started happening outside to dramatic effect!  I added the part about the rainbow since the storybook didn’t share about this symbol of God’s promise.

We went on to a book about numbers and finished the class. The rains stopped. After the last 3 kids were picked up, when I was riding my scooter home, there ahead of me above the wide road was a beautiful rainbow with one end of the arc coming down just over my house. For any of the kids who were outside at the time, I’m sure this visible representation of God’s promise which we had just talked about wasn’t lost on them either.

2 comments:

Kimberly said...

hi there. i am a children's minister in taichung, and i was googling some stuff on english clubs and came across your blog entry. i was wondering where you got the bi-lingual story books you mentioned in this post. i'd love to purchase some for our ministries here. you can email me at kimberlyhageman@hotmail.com. thank you very much!

Kimberly said...

hi there. i am a children's minister in taichung, and i was googling some stuff on english clubs and came across your blog entry. i was wondering where you got the bi-lingual story books you mentioned in this post. i'd love to purchase some for our ministries here. you can email me at kimberlyhageman@hotmail.com. thank you very much!