20 February 2022
Jump two feet…left hand. Jump. Both hands, right foot. Crash! Laughter erupted as each teenager tried to conquer the “Hand & Foot Challenge” Game. Quite the icebreaker. With over thirty Hlanganani teenagers on our hands, coming up with a game to help them loosen up and open up is our challenge each month. This game was a great hit.
It segued into some beautiful singing and then our discussion for the day. How “Life is like a Cupcake”….in order to have a perfect, delicious cupcake, you need the right ingredients, in the correct measure. If you put extra treats (chocolate chips, etc) into them, you get out a yummy cupcake. If you put too much baking soda or sand instead of flour, you end up with a gross cupcake. This analogy was used to talk about how many of them participating in underage sex, smoking, drugs, etc. are choosing to “eat” gross cupcakes. When offered a premade cupcake with “civet cat poo” in it for extra protein (given that it’s used for coffee, it could be great for cupcakes?!)…everyone exclaimed with disgust. Yuck, no thanks!
However, if we put good tastly treats like positive friends, growing closer to God, going to school rather than playing hookie to smoke, you end up with a life that’s like a scrumptious cupcake! After our hands on baking lesson (anyone want the left over batter with “poop” in it?!), we chatted in small groups about what activities in their lives are like good treats and which are like too much baking soda.
For many of our teenagers, this is the only time they hear messages of encouragement and direction to walk a life that is godly. We love these discipleship groups that we do with them on a monthly basis, we are hoping to do them more often; any support towards their transport costs would be appreciated!
Small group discussion time.
Praying together for those who need healing.