Before Christmas I took three of my believing friends’ children with me to help me deliver Christmas cards and gifts to my Afghan friends. I just had the boys take turns putting these in my friends’ mailboxes.
Another day I had two Hazara brothers ages 9 and 12 come to my house and make cookies, have lunch and then deliver them to one of our sick friends. Hardly a time with these boys ever goes by that they don’t ask the most amazing spiritual questions. This time was no exception. I shared the Gospel story with them. They hung on to the words as we walked down the street together. It was so natural. They asked the questions and I just answered them.
Boxing Day I had only planned to have my believing friends’ children for about five hours in the afternoon. It turned out to be not only that but overnight as well. Even though I was tired it became a wonderful time. That n ight I read/told them the younger boy’s (age 6) favorite Bible story, Daniel in the lions’ den. As they lay on the bedroom floor before going to sleep I was able to apply the story to their situation since the younger boy was afraid that a monster or burglar would break into my house in the middle of the night. We prayed and they slept soundly.
Teachable moments…I rarely get these with the adults that I know. Their lives are cement, too, but often I think that it has already hardened. The spiritual cement of children’s lives is still wet and moldable.