There is a certain peace that comes with doing what you know you were made to do. Your body may be tired and achy, but your spirit just soars so high it’s like it can touch God.
That is how I felt tonight. I have started running the Kid’s Club for SON Ministries’ ESOL classes. Basically, I hang out with anywhere from 50 to 70 kids whose parents are in class learning English. It is such a cool place to see God moving.
I filled in for my predecessor last year. She had fallen and broken her arm playing soccer with some of the kids. Kim, the woman in charge of SON, called me to see if I could come be the substitute. I fell in love with those kids. Most of them are rough around the edges, and they are definitely not church kids, and that is why I love them.
My first day as the official gym leader I spent fifteen minutes playing catch with a boy who spoke next to no English. That didn’t stop us from giggling and having a blast. He would point over my shoulder, as though there was something I needed to look at. When I would “fall for it” he would just burst into fits of laughter. It was a beautiful moment.
Tonight we had a group of the Columbus Young Professionals come in to play games with the kids. One of the gentlemen brought a backpack with paper in it. He taught some of the kids origami. I talked to him briefly afterwards. He said he had planned on leaving an hour earlier than he actually left. He still had a job to go to after he left from ESOL. He seemed a little flustered, but I don’t know that he saw the joy that extra hour brought to the kids. I had one boy who would not leave when his mom wanted him to, because he just wanting to talk with me about the origami art that the CYP member had made.
My first night I had the opportunity to speak with a volunteer who had just started that night as well. She said she had wanted more volunteer opportunities, and this seemed perfect since she was the daughter of immigrants. She said that the ESOL program, including Kid’s Club, would have been so nice to have had twenty years ago when they moved here and were trying to learn English. When I connected with her on Thursday she really seemed to be enjoying her time with the kids. That is huge.
It is incredible to me the way some of the students matured in the last year. There is a particular set of twins, a boy and a girl, who were constantly at each other’s throat last year. So far I have only had to break up one spat between them, knock on wood, and the girl was one of the first students to ask if I needed help with anything on Thursday.
It is so neat to see how God is at work in these students and volunteers. It is a different atmosphere than I am totally used to, though. Unlike Impact, at Kid’s Club God is more covert, yet I see him moving so apparently that it brings my heart such joy.
This is where my heart is right now. I love it.
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