“About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” Jesus called a little child to Him and put the child among them. Then He said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. “And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on My behalf is welcoming Me.” (Mat 18:1-5)
One of our most rewarding projects is the Saturday Bible Club that we host every Saturday morning at the Tswelopele Good News Centre. These kids have such an incredible amount of enthusiasm and energy it’s impossible for a little of it to not rub off on you. Jesus often speaks of the Kingdom of God belonging to “children” and especially “little children” and these kids make these passages come alive for us – the fact that these kids choose God’s Word, biblical songs and simple outdoor games over television, video games & pop music. In the way they are grateful for the few treats we can offer, but especially by the love they so freely share in their welcoming hugs and big smiles.
We have been working through the main biblical characters (most of these kids know “Jesus” but nothing of the Old Testament) and right now we’re having a lot of fun with the Judges! Who ever thought the bible contained such thrillingly gruesome tales – many would give some modern day movies a good run for their money!
An unexpected result of Saturday Bible Club has been one of the teenage girls asking to join our church – so as of this Sunday our youth has a new member – a blessing indeed! Her passion for God was quite evident when I told her she would need to be ready early (meaning 7am) and she promptly replied “No problem, I’m up at 4am anyway!”
Here are some photos of these special kids and the various Bible Club activities:
Following the pillar of fire through the wilderness
Spies reporting “the enemy are giants!”
Bees to remember the land of “milk & honey”
The “walls” of Jericho collapse!
“Ehuds” ready for king Eglon
Ehud’s left hand (yes I know that is a right hand… the idea that counts!)
Excited about God’s Word – so much joy!
Sisera after Jael put a stake through his head
Cherish & Tshego – two peas in a pod!
“The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the children in the Temple shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David.” But the leaders were indignant. They asked Jesus, “Do You hear what these children are saying?” “Yes,” Jesus replied. “Haven’t you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, ‘You have taught children and infants to give You praise.'”” (Mat 21:15-16)
Story of Gideon – clay jars
Story of Gideon – Fiery Torches
The “youth” class
Trying to avoid the “wolf” and reach the “shepherd”
With love in Christ
Michael & Lilandi Furstenburg
“One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so He could lay His hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering Him. But Jesus said, “Let the children come to Me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”” (Mat 19:13-14)