More on the VBS Graduation!

Around noon Sunday, Rachel and I headed into the center of town to buy a piñata. There are a number of shops that sell candy. Most of those also sell piñatas. I didn’t realize that you buy the piñata empty and then buy the candy to fill it. I thought they came pre-filled. Anyway, the store that we were headed for turned out to be closed. We went to the other three candy stores Rachel knew about only to discover they did not sell piñatas this time of year. Turns out they are more popular certain times of the year, like Christmas. As we were heading home, we spotted a small candy store Rachel hadn’t seen before. When we walked through the door, there hung one of the largest Spiderman piñatas we could ever want. My grandson absolutely loves all things Spiderman. Purchase of Spiderman and candy completed, we walked back to our TUtP center.

The rest of the afternoon was spent baking cakes, finishing the VBS PowerPoint and generally getting ready to host about 40 people. At 3 p.m. we began the graduation ceremony for the Huejotzingo VBS. Around 30 of the kids who had attended joined us, along with their siblings, friends, and some parents.

The kids showed their parents and friends what they had done during the week. They sang some of the songs they learned and recited some of their memory verses. Abraham talked to the parents about what their kids had studied—how Abraham in the Old Testament was a friend of God who demonstrated great faith. Using the five pictures on the wall that represented the story as it unfolded each day, he briefly explained the story of Abraham and Sarah, stressing Abraham’s great faith in God and connecting that to faith in Jesus, as spelled out in Hebrews. He let the parents know that they were welcome to discuss these and other stories with him and Rachel over the next few weeks.

The Spiderman piñata was a definite favorite with both kids and parents.

As I was carrying him home from the shop, I thought he seemed feeble and kind of fragile. Indeed, his legs and arms were knocked off fairly quickly in the game, even by the littlest of the kids. But his body and head, where the candy was stored, were something else. Almost indestructible. There was paper mache, plastic, and I don’t know what else reinforcing the candy cavity in belly and head. It took about ½ hour to finally break him open. One of the dads finally accomplished the feat. The kids swarmed over the patio, picking up every piece of some 25 lbs. of treats. Moms and dads had their share of the booty as well.

We then went into the classroom to eat finger treats and cake, and to mingle. Everyone stayed pretty much until 6:30 p.m., having a great time eating and talking.

After the program was over, three of the parents asked Abraham and Rachel if they could meet and discuss the Bible and matters of faith. This is really wonderful. Rachel and Abraham already have three Bible studies going on in Huejo and one study going on in a neighboring town each week along with their kids clubs and tutoring

Today we take a 3-hour bus trip to a town that makes Christmas ornaments and decorations. I’m looking forward to touring the town and watching the glass blowing, etc. but not to a total of 6 hours on various buses.

Tuesday I fly out of Huejo around 6:30 a.m. to make my way back home.

So appreciate your ongoing prayers!

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