Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Telling the Crazy Gospel to Second Graders

I've been having camera problems, can you tell?  This week there is a gorgeous display of richly colored icons at the LTS seminary.   I finally took this photo, out of desperation, with my cell phone... not realizing until later that it was somehow in black & white mode.  sigh.  But maybe the photo captures my less than perfect efforts to preach the Gospel in various & sundry ways here in Hong Kong.

Last week I got to tell the actual Easter story (crucifixion and resurrection) to "my" group of second graders at the  Lutheran Primary School.  For some of them, I think  it was their first time hearing it.  They reacted with open-mouthed horror and wonder -- utterly appalled (and fascinated) by the crucifixion thing (nails in the hands... we'd been studying the /ai/ phonics pattern for nail) and totally intrigued by the idea of someone getting up from the dead with a real body (not a ghost). 

It was really an interesting experience for me, trying to figure out how to teach the Easter story authentically, but appropriately to the second grade level... and some of them are special needs kids too!!  We concluded with a song where they got to jump up for the "Jesus GOT UP from the dead!" part... and they thoroughly enjoyed that.

I think they think of me as "that crazy lady" with the weird stories now.  But I think that's ok.

For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.    -- St. Paul in his First Letter to the Corinthians 1:21

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