Day 3: Outside Support. In some countries you turn on your lights and there are cockroaches, in others it’s lizards or ants or some other critter. Here in Panama these little guys click-clack their way across the room from time to time. Unfortunately they are not interested in assisting in the construction of a playground.
In spite of our crabby roommates, the day was spent wrapping up the remaining work at the playground. The rain from last night had filled in the holes to varying degrees, so I was pretty stoked that we had already level the structure. @kahleetah was pivotal in convincing a band of SoCal girls that it was worth destroying their well manicured nails to dig out the holes by hand...mud bath and all that!
We attached the slides, finished a few odds and ends, tightened everything down and poured all of the cement (every one was super grateful when the local support drove up with a mixer and some shovels)!
The added help allowed me some extra moments with one of the young men on the team. He mentioned how much he enjoyed the approach @kidsaroundtheworld takes in being missional. I explained that it’s no different than the surf or skate contests they ran yesterday...this is simply an environment where we can help kids encounter Jesus. I share about KIDStory by taking him through a story right there on the build site. He mentioned his anxiety about what’s next, his concerns about possible the consequences of his choices, his confidence that God was at work...but that there was still that part of him that couldn’t shake the fear of “what if”. We circled back to the story and found ourselves in a conversation about trust and faithfulness...and then I told him, “This is what we do with kids at playgrounds...it’s that easy to turn an environment into a discipleship opportunity.” His eyes lit up as he connected the dots that what he and I had just done could also be done with kids.
I’m beyond privileged to be a part of a ministry that is advancing child discipleship in countries across the globe every day!
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