One of the things we are most grateful for this year is having been able to start up Club Exploradores once more after a pandemic-induced three-year hiatus!
In that time there have obviously been a number of grades-worth of school kids that have aged out of the club, but the kids coming into the school during that time have not been aware of it since it hasn't been running.
This has meant that our numbers have obviously taken a hit compared to pre-pandemic attendance, but we feel the call to be faithful in running the club, putting on an exciting and encouraging time for the kids who come along, and trusting that the Lord will bring those He wants to to the club - through word of mouth or otherwise.
And we have seen numbers increase since the start of the year. (There have been fluctuations, partly due to rain keeping kids away some days, and partly due to one-off occasions, such as the funeral of a community member meaning most kids from that area not coming one week).
Please be praying with us that the lessons the kids learn would have an impact on their lives outside of the club, and that as they share with their friends, more would come along to the club and hear from God's word
Each week we start with a couple of action songs, one of which being a song specifically about 'Club Exploradores', and the other being something else to liven them up (for example, this song or this one).
We've covered a number of Bible stories this year, and looked at several Biblical characters, such as David & Jonathan, Elisha & the Widow, Jonah, Daniel, Hezekiah, and more, not to mention, of course, Jesus and his teachings.
It's great being able to have time sharing with the kids - some weeks through acting out the story in a drama, sometimes through interactive questions as the story is told, sometimes through an episode of SuperBook, helping the stories come alive to them.
There's also the fun to be had from the different arts and crafts that we lead them in each week. Sometimes this is a coloring activity, sometimes it is making something like a boat, sometimes it has been a collaborative effort, like a large poster about friendship. Each activity ties into the teaching for the week to help drive home their learning.
Thank you to each of you who make the work we do with these kids possible. Thank you for your prayers, your encouragement, and your giving that allows this Kingdom work to take place. Please keep praying that more children would come along and hear the Word, and that God would help us to be ever improving in how we handle His Word and present it to these kids and families.