I asked, "If you could have one thing free from a beauty supply store, what would you pick?"
The answers slowly started coming, "Powder, lotion, nail polish, earrings, a bracelet."
"Now imagine you could go to that store and get ANYTHING you wanted EVERY DAY for a WHOLE YEAR! That would be slightly exciting, huh? There's a lady in the Bible who had something like that happen to her."
We've started a series of lessons on the book of Esther at our girls youth group in Fumagira. Last time we got together, Happiness taught about Hannah from the book of I Samuel, and the importance of crying out to God when we have problems.
This time our theme is on true beauty. Any time I can find ways to bridge the gap between our 2 cultures, I'm happy. I said, "Every woman... old or young, rich or poor, from every culture and language... every woman loves to look beautiful! Even my 8-yr old niece loves to dress up! But there is outward beauty and then there is inward beauty." We read portions of the first 2 chapters of the book of Ester, who she was and how she became queen.
The we read...
I Peter 3:3-4 "Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price."
In Swahili, these verses are written very well, in a way that is easily understood. (Other passages the language is pretty difficult for our village church members and it takes some time to explain the meaning, but not this passage.) I could tell right away the girls liked the verses. We had a little competition of unscrambling the passage. Then after some games outside, I gave them each a copy of the verses typed on pink paper with a silver ribbon. In 2 weeks we'll meet again and see which team had the most girls memorize the passage.
|Red team working hard to unscramble the verses.|