Saturday, February 5, 2011

Feed My Sheep

5:20 AM
Every afternoon, my team has been going to a woman named Agnes’ home and helping her feed the children in her community. What began as one woman’s response to Jesus’ command “Feed my sheep.”, is now an established and respected neighborhood feeding program. Everyday after school, anywhere from 30 – 70 kids aged 5 – 12 years old stop by for a warm meal and a safe place to have fun. Agnes is a lively grandma, or go-go as they are called in Africa. She’s full of spunk and her love for the Lord and these kids is evident. Since we’ve been going everyday this we’ve really been able to connect with these kids and even fall in love with them. Their faces light up when they see us, and there are high fives and hugs all around. The boys climb all over our guys, turning them into human jungle gyms. The girls sit around and teach us clapping games, or break out into an impromptu dance party. But whatever we do, it’s a joyful event. Whenever we have a translator, we tell the kids a Bible story and act it out. This week we did Joshua and the battle of Jericho and Daniel in the lion’s den. We taught them about the importance of praying to God and obeying Him – even when its tough. And of course, we sing a lot of silly songs! Children’s ministry has never been my passion, but God has given me a heart for these kids. I get into the stories and will do the silliest of songs to see them smile. I chase them around the yard and spin them in the air. It’s hot and exhausting, and it’s the best part of my day.

“Jesus asked…’Do you love me?...Feed my sheep’.” John 21:17

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Joy Muldoon is a full-time missionary and part-time blogger. Read about her travels, adventures, and missions here!