In this week the children are learning all about heroes and what it means to be a hero. The crew leaders use examples from fire fighters and policemen to doctors and the military, but they focus on showing the kids that Jesus is their number one hero. Another topic the kids are learning about is watching what they say, especially as heroes. The related activity involved attempting to put toothpaste back into its bottle. The idea being that all the words we say, all the words that we put into this world can never be taken back. Just like it was impossible to fit all of the toothpaste back into the tube, it is impossible to take back the things that we say that keep people from becoming heroes. It was important for the kids to see heroism as a culmination of attitudes and actions instead of super powers and gadgets.
Although the kids tend to focus on their favorite super heroes,
the counselors walked them through some real life heroes in the Bible, as well as everyday heroes that they come into contact with. The first couple days the kids learned the story of David and Goliath, and how by listening to God and following his commands David was able to be a true hero. They also talked about the Bible story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego learning to follow the Lord’s word no matter what the situation may be. The campers learned about trusting in God and how when they put all of their trust in God, they can overcome anything.
Lots of the
m continued to ask questions and discussed some battles in their own lives. It was hard to hear some of the stories of brokenness and violence that have become the norm in most of the kids’ lives. One of the boys, whose path had been marked with violence and death, had a really edifying conversation with a staff member about what it meant to be a man for the city. Just like batman worked to keep Gotham from harm, they talked about things that he could do to change his city. They came to the conclusion that in order to change the city, he had to let God change him. Instead of reacting in violence God gives his children the strength to react in peace; and when others see this consistently then they begin to do the same and before you know it, the city begins to change. They realized that sin is a mighty villain and it takes a mighty God to defeat it.
The kids took a trip to the fire station one day and a fire truck came
to visit them another, allowing them to hear firsthand what a day in the life of a fire fighter looks like.
It was wonderful to see the older kids taking time to help and focus in on the younger kids, such as when Wajdi (15) helped a younger child pray. Jasiah (9) told Mr. Jesse that since his family did not have a father in their lives, on Father's Day he was daddy to his little sister.