Monday, May 14, 2012

Teaching the Macarena to Chinese Kids

Monday May 14

Angelica: "God blesses us!"
                Today was our last day at Sui Leun Lutheran Primary School, so why not go out with a shout?! After all an entire school assembly, with 300 students, can get pretty loud! That's right, we had to develop a lesson that was applicable to grades 1- 6... at the same time. Challenge accepted. To start out we introduced ourselves and told the kids one thing we liked with pictures of that thing on the power point. For example Louisa would say, "My name is Louisa, and can you guess what I like?" Then simultaneously 300 kids looked at the power point and shouted "BANANAS!!!!!" We all knew this was going to be a good assembly from that point on. Our theme was Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified! Do not be discouraged! For the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” We asked what courage was, and we found out that it is doing the right thing even when we are scared. But EVERYONE gets scared.For instance; some of the children were afraid of chickens, crocodiles, spiders, babies.... babies? Well its middle school folks. We shared the story of Daniel in the Lions den and why he had courage to not be afraid. Because, as a first grader Angelica puts it "God blesses us!"
Leading songs in morning assembly
                 There is now (at least) one more student at Sui Leun that knows the good news about our saving Lord! That moment is a highlight for our team. After the assembly we talked to the kids at recess and what better thing to do at recess than... that's right , we taught the macarena! Sarah Heins and Julie Marquardt started to explain the macarena but soon discovered the best way to teach is by example. Soon two became three, and three four! I'd say something those children won't easily forget, at least I wont!
                The staff at Sui Leun were very appreciative. They and some of the students taught us how to make Chinese lanterns and how to write our names in Chinese. They were very helpful and didn't laugh too hard at our American attempts at writing Chinese. They also presented us with gifts such as a Chinese hand fan. It was sad to say goodbye to our friends at Sui Leun; however, we now have the opportunity to meet even more children and Lutheran teachers! We are very excited and I can't wait to see what God has in store for us at LCK Lutheran Primary School.
God's Blessings,
the Mehl Team
-Julie Marquardt

1 comment:

  1. sounds like some fantastic adventures by the Lou Crew! thinkin of you guys, take care, ~Coach White