New Bible Class
Starting a Class
Ironically, in February we had visitors from the States (Steve and Samantha Heinen) who were coming just a week after we started this new class and I was to go to Epau with them (therefore missing Bible class that week). So, I asked Flexon to teach for me. He loved it! I had a new teacher interested. Now, he and I are on a two-month rotation. He was already going to teach for me when we went home in May/June, so I taught March/April, he will teach May/June, then I’ll teach the next two months and so on. It has been such a blessing that he wants to teach.
There is also a young lady, a Christian, whose name is Mabel. She and her family are all Christians but worship at their house for now (until the building is built b/c it’s too far for them all to come right now). She started worshipping with us about a month ago and expressed an interest to help with the kid’s Bible class. She started assisting three weeks ago. She has never taught before, but is very interested in learning. She came over last week and we went over a full lesson, what it takes to plan it, using visuals, etc. She is going to be such a great asset. She is the assistant for both Flexon and myself. She will take on a little at a time until she feels comfortable to do it herself.
God has really been showing me that I don’t have to worry – He’s always got someone there to fill a need in the church. He has brought two wonderful young Christians who are delighted to help teach our older kids about God and His word.
Because Seselo and Noel are getting older and will soon be in the world of adults, we wanted to make sure we were covering the basics, but in a new and exciting way. Thankfully I had a great curriculum that I could use as a rough outline for the year. Our theme is called, “Growing in Christ.”
Each month we have something we are working to “grow in.” For instance, the first month we had “Growing in our understanding of God’s word,” where we focused on things like “The one story of the Bible,” “OT/NT,” and “How did the Bible get from God to us?” This month is “Growing in Obedience,” where we’ve talked about the importance of obeying those in authority - specifically God and parents.
Because I know what they are capable of, I expect a lot out of them. I want them to see how important Bible study is and that what they are studying in Bible class is relevant to their every day lives. They have memory work (in Bislama), reviews, and homework. Their memory work is challenging b/c it’s in Bislama (and neither of them have memorized in Bislama before). But, with one in a French school and one in an English school, Bislama is what is understood the best. There is no use in them memorizing in English if they don’t understand what they are memorizing. Because it is more challenging, we do a new verse every other week instead of weekly. Their “Opportunities for Growth” sheet is a great way for them to review what we’ve learned, practice it, go over their memory work and be thinking of spiritual things throughout the week. (They are asked to read certain passages, and either answer questions about it or do something to practice what they are learning. They are also given opportunities to work on their memory verses.) We do all types of different review games in class to make sure they are understanding what we are teaching and that they are taking it to heart.
A Bright Future Ahead