Monday, May 16, 2016

May 16th Gotta Love Those Teenagers!

By Mike and Nicki

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!

2 comments:

Sandra said...

It is good to hear about the teens stepping up and using their gifts and talents.
I see Haitians play soccer on some pretty hard rocky surfaces and usually they are bare footed! I guess they grow up doing it and it feels right. I have seen them remove their runners to play barefoot.
Are you going to teach an English Class again Nicki?

Dickie MacDonald said...

There is some very good soccer players who play on that rocky field. Outside the compound while traveling we have seen them play on worse fields and with a rolled up bunch of rags as a ball and even a plastic jug. Participation in Church by teens is impressive. They are very musical and very willing to take leadership roles.