The last week of our first School of Evangelism has gone fast and has been full of difficulties, triumphs and a realisation of how little children can know even though they are surrounded by Christian teaching.
Class was going very well but the difficulties came when the government stepped in again. At first they said just get permission from the head teachers at the schools – that would be all we would need. Then when we got that they changed their minds saying we had to go to the government to get approval. We almost had no opportunities to share the gospel with kids. Then God stepped in everything worked out and by the first day of scheduled programs all was ready.
We then had a problem with the school. They said we could only do the program for 2 days instead of 4 and rather than breaking into 3 groups and giving the students more opportunities we had to do one program to the 320 students. The team did so well. Using what they had learnt in the SOE they were able to maintain good discipline and communicate the gospel with great energy and effectiveness.
On day 2 the weather was terrible. It was raining hard and the assembly is in an open hall (no walls) with a tin roof. Dylan spoke to Vicki-Lee about how difficult it would be to hear with the rain so they prayed for the weather and the program. The rain stopped just in time for the program and it was great. The program was even better than day one as the students grew in confidence.
On Thursday we were able to find another school to program to. This time we had 3 groups of about 30-40 students. The program went really well. In the times of debrief the students were amazed at the kids. They knew the Scriptures really well, knew a lot of Bible stories but had no understanding of how to become a Christian or how the Bible applies to their life. These schools we went to were both Christian Schools. It reminds me of the story with the Ethiopian eunuch and Philip. Philip asks if he understands what he is reading and the Ethiopian answers “How can I unless someone explains it to me?” Then Phillip does and it all makes sense. These children could sing about Jesus, quote many verse based on the gospel but fail to understand how those things relate to their life and how they are to be saved and become part of the family of God.