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What would you pick?

May 10, 2012
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.

Blue team

3-legged race
Dodge ball

1 comment on "What would you pick?"
  1. I have been praying for your young women's group. Thank you for sharing, I love the book of Esther. Great pictures and love those smiles!