Last month we had “Children’s Day” in Mexico. I think that it is great that kids get their own day, to celebrate their worth and the value that they bring to this world.
I remember growing up in Mexico that my parents would make a big deal about this day. They would take me out to eat wherever I wanted and afterwards we would go get a gift. I remember feeling so special because school activities would stop just to show us as kids that our teachers appreciated us.
This day is special because it is a way to tell the world that without children there would be no future. This is also a special day for Back2Back since our goal is to be an instrument that God uses to give his precious children their worth back. So Andrew and I made a big deal about it!
I asked God what I should talk to them about this special day, and he gave me Psalm 139:13-16
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the day for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
I brought some food to share with them and off I went to San jose to start the festivities. On my way there I was still thinking about what I was going to talk about. I had the perfect verse from the Bible but I didn’t know how to introduce it to them.
So I started talking and God gave me the word “Identity.” I started by asking them if they knew what the word “Identity”meant. Most of them said no but there was one that said “who we are.” I was impressed with her response because that helped me to ask the next question. I asked “When people describe you what do they say?” Most of them would tell me things about their exterior and some didn’t know what to say, so I started telling them some qualities that I saw in them.
I read the verse to them and I asked them to tell me things that they remembered about what I had just read. I emphasized where it says “I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful.” I told them that because they are God’s creation they are wonderful.
So, now when I see them I ask them “What are you?” and they respond “wonderful!”
I loved spending time with them teaching them that their identity comes from God because He created them. They painted a picture of their name and they turned out awesome!
|Working on their art projects|
|Showing off their art projects|
Later that week I got to take the older girls to hear Nick Vujicic speak. If you don’t know who he is, let me tell you that his story is very inspirational. He was born with no arms and legs. Growing up, people outside of his family would see him as some one destined for nothing, with no worth. But God had a different story in mind. He is a world renowned speaker and his journey started by not letting fear and rejection dictate his life.
|Waiting for Nick Vujicic to take the stage|
The girls had a really good time and I know that his story spoke truth to theirs.
And, I did all of this alone because Andrew was in the states for a few weeks training for his new position of Mexico Communications Coordinator. Nothing will change about our day to day responsibilities here in Cancún, but Andrew will be taking this on additionally. Exciting (and busy) times!