I was pinch-hitting for Kelsi on Wednesday evening and taught her class of 5-6 year old’s. Praise God for His enabling, because I did not feel like a very qualified substitute. A few reasons:
– These kids LOVE Kelsi. Love, love, love her. In fact, as soon as we arrived at the church on Wednesday evening, several of her students exited the van, yelling “Kelsiiii!” as they raced to find her, not yet knowing that she wouldn’t be there.
– Often, there are over 20 students in the class. They are 5 and 6 years old. And they are energetic. We’ve discussed dividing the class into two, but these kids have a special place in Kelsi’s heart, and she’d rather just keep teaching all of them.
The Bible story was on Jesus’ miracle of turning water into wine at a wedding, so the kids ate layered wedding cake (aka stack of peanut butter crackers), mints (M&M’s), and punch (juice) during the lesson.
Then, a little project of coloring and taping on tissue paper for the water and wine. I had a great helper (Dora) who isn’t pictured, but she was a wonderfully patient tape dispenser! We ended with “Water, water, wine” (duck, duck, goose) outside.
Kelsi is back in town now, and I’m sure her students will be excited to see her again. I know that God has used her in special ways to touch many children’s lives over the past Kids Klub season, and it’s been neat to see how God has grown her passion for working with children not just in Phoenix, but also in Indiana when she returns home. God bless you, Kelsi!