A Fiesta to Remember!  The One Year Anniversary of Marcos 10:14 Kids Club

This week we have a guest writer, our niece Jeanette who is here visiting and helping with the ministry.

Monday, July 10th marked the one year anniversary of Marcos 10:14 Kids Club and my daughter Lori and I had the privilege of attending.  The local pastors and teachers created a magical atmosphere to celebrate the milestone. The festivities included a petting zoo, pony rides, and many games which were all surrounded by a western theme.  There were more than 100 children in attendance.  The children also performed several Christian songs that they had been practicing for weeks.

One thing is for certain, the children were extremely excited to be at the fiesta and truly grateful for all the food, cake, prizes, and love that they received while there.

Today was also Stephen’s Birthday (a.k.a. Esteban), and the Marcos 10:14  teachers prepared a special surprise for Stephen where the children sang “Happy Birthday” in English while holding paper letters that also exclaimed Happy Birthday.  After his birthday song, Stephen was gifted with countless hugs from the children and handmade birthday cards.  Afterward, they promptly served him an excellent cake…yes, as you can see from the pictures he narrowly avoided getting his entire face pushed into the cake. To top it off, Patty put together a video celebrating Stephen’s Christian walk/ministry. It was so thoughtful and brought tears to all of our eyes.

I can honestly say what stood out to me today at this gathering were two things… joy and love.  You can see that all the pastors and teachers truly love these children and that the children experience great joy in being at Kids Club.  Smiles and hugs abound here.  After attending this event, my hope is that each one of these children carries the love and joy of God in their heart and may Kids Club continue for many years to come!

“Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:14

P.S.  Feliz Cumpleanos Tio!

The games were a blast. (click on a photo to see it larger)

The kids performed a song they had practiced for weeks.

Jeanette and Lori enjoyed the fiesta.

There were a lot of hugs.

Club honored Stephen in many ways for his birthday.

Tonyia thanked the teachers and helpers.


Lori helped pass out the food.

Sandra planned the food.

There were several farm animals.

Harry and Patricia were also special guest. They too are missionaries.

Adults participated in games too.

Jeanette and Lori helped give out gifts.


This was an especially funny dancer.

There was a lot of work before the fiesta.