I (Stephen) had my first experience as a clown today (Thursday, June 30) in front of more than 300 elementary school children. Stephen, Martin and Yessi, who will be the teacher for the kids club, went together to visit schools in the area where we will host the “Fiesta Infantil” (party for children) this Saturday. At the first school we went to each classroom accompanied by the principal. The principal at the second school, Manuel, surprised us by calling an assembly of all 220 students. He told us “you need to put on a show for 20-30 minutes.”
We did not expect this but Yessi has extensive experience in ministry with children and came up with music and games. However, I was the only one in a clown outfit so much of the kid’s attention was focused on me. I ran around, gave high-fives, spoke to them in English and just acted silly – they seemed to love it. When it came time to hand out the flyers about the event I was mobbed by kids wanting me to hand them one. It was a blast!
We are so thankful to the schools here who trusted us to take some time with the kids. Given the reception we got it looks like we may have a good crowd at the Fiesta Infantil — all for the love of our Lord.