Kindergarten Students Engage for Christ
Last April, Kindergarten students of Ethel Gimena’s class had an opportunity to showcase their talents, and share the gospel of Christ as a love gift to children of Hagari Rwanda, a ministry to help women in prostitution and their children, who were born in difficult circumstances. The students ministered to these children and their mothers through dancing, singing, acting and sharing of gifts. “I had a good time. It was very fun because we gave treats to the children and we sang songs to them,” said Kindergarten student, Gideon Jasi.
Hagari Rwanda ministries seeks to break the cycle of prostitution and restore lives through the love of Christ by providing these women with income generating jobs, while their children are offered education through a sponsorship program called The Freedom Fund. “I believe, these children were very touched by having total strangers came to their place and give them such an incredible love gift, it was very inspiring to see their faces smile back at us,” noted Ethel.
Aviela Nikoi, one of her students, explained, “I enjoyed when we danced. We had so much fun. The kids liked us. God entered the Kids.” Irene Ogbonnaya, another Kindergarten student, shared what was most memorable to her: “I enjoyed The Sin Chair skit, dancing, and reading the Bible.”
Several parents took time off to be a part of this field trip to support the students, one of whom was Irene’s mother, Ngozi Ogbonnaya. Similar to her daughter, The Sin Chair skit was Ngozi’s favorite part of the presentation. She went on to explain, “It reminded me of what Jesus did on the cross for me. It does not matter the mountain of sin I have but that His love is sufficient enough for me. I am very sure that it also ministered to the children and their mothers that no matter how huge our sins might seem to be, God is our ultimate helper and Savior.”
Ngozi was amazed at how the Kindergarten students displayed excitement and confidence. As she watched them minister through their performances, the realization that they were making disciples for Jesus by reaching out with the good news of God’s love made her emotional.
Rommel Jasi, Gideon’s father, shared how the field-trip brought to life the need to be more connected to those that are less fortunate by sincerely being a blessing to them out of the usual seasons that we usually associate with giving and being kind like Christmas and Easter. “It was a great lesson to the kindergarten students that I believe will drive home the school values of being as servant leaders and having a Christ centered life. This should be done more often so that the students are able to practice some of these values regularly,” he remarked.
Although the time was short and he would have loved to see more interaction, Rommel believes that the skits and drama was also good way of showing how one can use their gifts to bless those around them by making them happy and communicating the love of Christ.
Rommel’s most memorable part of the presentation was when the students gave gifts to each of the children they ministered to. “One couldn’t help but notice the big smiles and surprise on their faces. The opportunity to give from their own hands to the children was a great experience of sharing love with others.”
Now at the end of the school year, Ethel is glad to have had this heart-moving, beneficial experience with her students before they graduate to grade 1. Her students were really blessed by the children of Hagari Rwanda even as they ministered to them. “I heard them say, it was the best day ever! Our gratitude goes to God for giving us the opportunity to minister and bless others during our field trip.”
By Efua Hagan