We spend most of our time at the HATS orphanage, but HATS impact extends beyond the walls of this compound into the community as well. Sundays are a good example…we go next door to the school compound, which also houses the church. Lots of community children and some adults call this their church. There is a pretty impressive group of teens who have really taken on some leadership roles in the church. There is a rotation made up mainly of teens who take turns leading worship, reading scripture and singing specials.
|Carrying Mama's Bible to church|
|teens singing a special in church|
|teens leading worship|
|some of the teen boys drumming|
Some of the teens even came up with the idea to offer Sunday School lessons prior to church on Sunday mornings.
|Sunday School on the porch of the school|
|what a crowd of kids!|
|Moving from Sunday school to church|
|One section of Sunday morning service|
On a recent Sunday afternoon the teens got together for a fun game of soccer in between the church and the school. They were really good! Notice that the “soccer field” is a little rocky – that didn’t stop a few of them from playing in their bare feet. They kindly offered to let us play with them, but I’m afraid our skills weren’t up to their level.
|Flora, one of the goalies makes a great save!|
|A great game of soccer!|
I love it that the teens are providing a great example of leadership to the smaller kids. I’m sure they are watching and learning, because
it’s all about the children!