Well, it happened! And after all my worrying and fretting, the first seven children came in and were absolutely the quietest, best behaved group of school children I have yet experienced in my first two years of living and teaching in Hong Kong.
Our first Bible story was Jesus' Entrance into Jerusalem. We:
- welcomed the children and previewed the story in Chinese, then rang a gong and it was "ENGLISH ONLY" time!
- learned the English words: donkey, king, palm branches, road
- sang "We are Marching in the Light of God" and waved palm branches (actually bamboo branches, which are free since they grow in our yard),
- made a palm branch craft out of green paper
- recited half of a Bible verse, first in Cantonese, then in English:
Afterward, a yummy snack, prepared by a church member: Beans and corn! We rang a gong, then the children were free to speak and socialize in Cantonese, again.
The children ate enthusiastically, most of them even asked for seconds.
May they ask for "seconds" for Bible stories, too!