20161116_150901She sits attentively in the front row in class, ready to ask questions and learn. The only problem is that I can’t talk about God with her. Dana* and another boy from that class had come to Character Camp a few weeks before, and it was exciting to see them in school again. However I didn’t know how to teach them more about the Bible. Both are enrolled in different after-school programs and are unable to come to Bible club.

One Thursday after Bible club, we were at school waiting for some kids to get picked up, when Dana walked up and gave me a big hug. I asked her what she had learned that day and how she was doing. She answered both questions in an off-hand manner. “I just wanted to tell you that I’ve been writing a lot in the thankfulness journal you gave me.” I was so surprised! During character camp my teaching partner and I had given our girls little notebooks to record things they were thankful for. I hadn’t really expected them to carry through with writing in it.

“Hey, do you remember the hand motions we taught you?” img_7496I asked. We went through all the hand motions right there in front of the school. “With Jesus in my heart, God gives me the power to do what is right. To follow his word and His plans for me, and when hard things happen I can still give thanks ‘cuz it helps me grow!” To see a child understand that truth is life changing. Though I had been thinking that there was no way I could teach Dana about God, God taught me through Dana that anything is possible. Evelyn Calderon, Level 1

*name changed for child’s protection

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