Friday, February 9, 2007

Faith Like Children

Kaohsiung—the city of balmy weather and great CI kids. In past years, Kaohsiung has often carried the title of “easiest CI” because of its generally quiet, well-behaved participants. This year also boasted “180 of Kaohsiung’s best children,” but from the first evening, I knew it would be different. This group was loud, enthusiastic, and excited to be here (for the most part!). Although the first large group was a bit rowdy, I loved watching the excitement on their faces as they laughed at Kristi’s yet again mistimed Zhao An!, as they popped the balloon in “The Balloon Song,” and as they screamed their encouragement at the funny camel on stage.

It reminded me of why I love working with these little people. They wear no masks and fake nothing; if something is boring, don’t expect to keep their attention! On the other hand, truth reaches their open hearts so easily. One of my favorite memories of that week happened during the story where someone’s spanking is taken by his friend. A gasp went through the room, and it was a moment where I could visualize lights going on in their heads, that Jesus did that for them! No wonder Jesus said we must have faith and innocence like little children to enter the kingdom of heaven.

Rebecca Hung