Today was our first day doing Vacation Bible School with the students in Kosovo. We have been preparing as a team to share the love of Christ through teaching, worshiping, crafts, and activities. Today I had the opportunity to serve with the craft team. We gathered canvases and coloring pages to brush their handprint to each. The kids could not get there fast enough, the smiles on their faces said it all. Our scripture with the craft from Luke 10:27 says “Love the lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and love your neighbor as yourself”. God has blessed us to meet these kids who so fiercely love Jesus and their neighbors. The welcome, love, joy, and enthusiasm they have towards us is indescribable. You can see it in their eyes and through the interactions with us they are the examples of loving the lord with all their heart and loving their neighbors with all their heart.
After finishing up the painting of their hands, they even taught us a song! One of my favorite parts of the day was singing these words as we danced “I lift my hands up, I’m going to sing a song and dance like this, I am fearlessly and wonderfully made. When I think of the creation I am blessed.” We danced and sang this song and every word just radiated. Not to mention these kids have moves!
I loved celebrating these truths with the kids today and especially hearing about where this passion came from. Wallace and Mary Kamau from Missions of Hope International (MOHI) welcome us into their home and we had the pleasure to get to know them. I couldn’t believe MOHI started with 50 kids in 2000 and has grown to 16000 kids 18 years later. I asked Wallace and Mary how MOHI started and he said through relationships in the community, and one particular guy who shared his story and ministered throughout the slums helped build the trust of the community. From the relationships of truth and Gods glory they have been able to reach and impact the hearts of all of those we have been working with during our time. God is so amazing at reaching those in need and places truths in our hearts that we are fearlessly and wonderfully made!