Here are 2 conversations from the past few weeks that have given me a little insight into the kids idea of Christianity:
Jeffery- I used to be Catholic, but now I'm Christian.
*other kids chime in, "me too, me too!"
Me- Wow, thats really great!
Jeffery- Yeah, I like being a Christian better.
Me- What is it mean to be a Christian?
Jeffery- It means that I'm black.
Darrel- When I was little I couldn't pronounce my name. Instead of saying De Laguna I would say De La Luna.
Me- Ha! Thats really funny! So you were saying your name was Darrel From the Moon!
Darrel- Yeah, my whole family still laughs about that!
Me- Well, when I get married I'll be from the river because my new last name will be Del Rio. But actually the Bible says that us as Christians aren't really from here- we're from Heaven because we belong to God! So all of our last names really should be, Del Cielo!
Darrel- WHAT???? You're a CHRISTIAN?!?!?!
Me- Ummmm yes.
Darrel- Oh my gosh, I really can't believe that!!
Me- Oh, well I am! Why? What are you?
Darrel- I'm a student!
Me- Oh, okay..... well ...... then you can be Darrel de la Escuela!
Both of these boys have gone to church with us before. A Christian church. Maybe if Darrel would have realized it is a Christian church he wouldn't be going, because he was obviously very offended that I am a Christian.
At the end of each of these conversations I didn't explain to them or preach to them because it wasn't the right moment- and I'm still figuring out how to take kids from 0 knowledge of God to actually knowing God. It's something that takes prayer and time. Lots of time. Maybe I won't be the person who gets to help them know God personally, just someone along the way who sowed seeds & loved them with His love (most of the time!)
Conversations like the ones I had with Jeffery and Darrel help me stay focused- for why I'm here and what I'm doing! I am greatly encouraged to keep showing these kids the love of God, and taking each moment that God provides to share Biblical truths and who God really is.