Promiseland Children Experience a Celebration of Hope

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Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds….teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 11:18a-19)

Teams of excited Promiseland children filled the lobby as they traveled from one station to the next to learn firsthand about the conditions of the under-resourced. Promiseland, Willow Creek’s children’s ministry, provided a hands-on experience during Celebration of Hope (COH) week. Carrying bright yellow activity sheets filled with questions, children obtained the answers from teachers who were stationed at the lobby exhibits.

At the various stations, children learned about making adobe bricks, building a retaining wall out of rubber tires, sending seeds and planting gardens, housing conditions in El Salvador and Africa, and they took time to pray for Willow’s Care Center while walking across the bridge of hope.

Cassidy, who served earlier with her mom packing seeds, said “I really like having enough food, but people in Africa have so little. Packing seeds is a way I can help them. The shacks in the lobby showed us how people are really living. It’s sad to know that we have such big houses and theirs are so small. If I lived there, I would miss my electronics, my bed, and the basics like getting a glass of water.”

When visiting the display of the Ana Naria shack of El Salvador, Kylie said, “It’s shocking. How can nine people live here? They can’t possibly all lie down to sleep. They have only candles for light and no toilets.”

“What about bugs and wild animals!” Joe chimed in.

“I’d like to help bring money and clean water,” said Elisa.

Matt and his friends had a great time learning how to use various tools at the building site.

In El Salvador alone, 555,000 families need new houses. “It would be cool to help people by building things,” he said.

Promiseland children learned more about various ministries where many of their parents serve: PADS, the Care Center, and the C.A.R.S. Ministry.

Most importantly, the lobby experience provided a means for children and parents to learn about the needs of the under-resourced and how they can be part of the solution.

Category : Celebration of Hope

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