Monday of Tot Lot 1 was an exciting day! It was the first time in a year that these bright little humans arrived and trampled the grounds with their little feet and big personalities. Everyone buzzed with excitement and wonder at what the week would bring.
Tuesday it rained from start to finish, and while the children couldn't ride the horse or merry-go-round, or swim or play on the playground, they were able to play house or with Legos on the covered porches, play indoor games, listen to stories and teaching from the Bible, create a colorful picture frame in crafts, play more indoor games with the Rec director, and as a special treat, to watch Joseph the King of Dreams with popcorn!
On Wednesday SUNSHINE happened and so did all the outdoor fun! It was special tea party day involving princess capes and fancy tea cups for the girls, and warrior capes and bubble swords for the boys. The girls heard the story of Gigi, God's Little Princess and The Royal Tea Party, and the boys listened to Will, God's Mighty Warrior. It's a sight to see the girls in their royal capes and swimsuits and boys charging through the trees, bubble swords held high, capes flying behind them!
The Bible verses for the week were "Walk in love," "Be imitators of the Lord," "Be kind to each other," and " Jesus loves you and gave himself for you," -- all from the book of Ephesians. The children learned the verses very well and most importantly, were taught by word and deed how to live them out.
It’s always hard sending campers home, not fully knowing the situation they’re going back to, but we cling to the hope that Isaiah proclaimed: “So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.“ (Isaiah 55:11)
We cling to the fact that our God is a god who cares and who loves His creation deeply, knowing that in due season He is preparing some of these little hearts to receive His Word.