Recently we were introduced to some new Ecuadorian friends here in Crucita who moved here about a year ago from Porto Viejo to follow God’s call to start a Christian ministry for the children in Crucita. They offer a safe place for kids to go on Saturday afternoons from 3-6 as well as Sunday mornings from 10:30-12. Recently some of the mothers have also decided to join the fun!
Today was an extra special day to celebrate kids called Dia de Ninos with over 120 neighborhood friends coming to the event! It started off with each child receiving a breakfast of batido (similar to a milkshake or smoothie) as well as a pastry roll. There was music, prayer and a special speaker who told them several stories relating to faith. He asked for actors and actresses to help out as he explained the story of Jesus healing a little girl as well as two blind men. (The blind men took their jobs very seriously…keeping their eyes tightly closed.)
In children’s church each Sunday, the kids and parents alike are awarded “money” to spend in the church store. By participating and answering questions related to the teachings that day, they are able to earn store dollars which can be cashed in on certain days. Well today, they had a chance to cash in! What an excitement there was. Some of the merchandise included things like socks, toothpaste, coloring books, books, fun jewelry and other trinkets.