This year at camp meeting, the Kindergarten class traveled around the world as missionary pilots each day. Their destinations included: South Africa, India, Haiti, Guam, Peru, Mexico, and the United States. The children enjoyed visits from missionaries that had served in each country (some short-term and some long-term). The children learned a little bit about each country, a few words in each local dialect, and what things missionaries can do to help abroad as well as locally. The children were completely silent when they had a visit from “Homeless Helen” as they heard her describe living on the streets, showing the little mat she slept on, and showing how she would eat leftover apple cores and pizza crusts for a “delicious” meal. Their tender hearts were touched, and they streamed forward to give her hugs before she left with her rickety cart of belongings. That afternoon, the children visited the local food shelf and donated almost 100 pounds of food.
The class was also blessed with beautiful weather all week, and the children were able to enjoy a building project (for a mission church school), slip-n-slide, making card-board shelters, games, lots of crafts, songs full of actions, and listening to Eric B. Hare mission stories while coloring each country’s flags. Both the children and teachers were blessed as leader Diane Sorenson created a passion for mission in each of the little kindergartener’s hearts.
Sara-Beth Swanson, Blackberry SDA Church & School
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