Sunday School Under the Trees

Learning their versesOne of the highlights of my week is teaching Sunday School – under the trees. A special set of conditions comes along with it. During the summer, the higher the sun gets, the deeper we move our chairs into the shade. During the winter, when we get cold, we stop the lesson long enough to do calisthenics to warm us up. When it’s windy, the seed pods and pollen stick in our hair. I never dealt with predicaments like this when teaching Sunday School in the US. There are a lot of similarities, however. Kids there and kids here all respond to love and praise. And pitting boys against the girls is a strategy that is loved by kids around the world!

Teaching kids about Jesus – anywhere – is a privilege that I am grateful to have. But I am especially grateful for the opportunity to teach this great group of kids – under the trees, in Gaborone, Botswana.

Boys intent on learning their verse Girls equally intent on learning their verse

The boys learned their verse from Isaiah 51:7, “Listen to me, you who know right from wrong, you who cherish my law in your hearts. Do not be afraid of people’s scorn, nor fear their insults.” …

… while the girls verse was found in Hebrews 10:23, “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.