La Limonada

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Today was the start of I Am Art, Vidas Plenas. Our location is a small church outside the La Limonada slum in Guatemala City. The neighborhood isn’t pretty by most people’s standards and is a very hard place to live, but the people of La Limonada and those that live in the surrounding zone 5, are beautiful! We started off the day talking about the theme of the day, who we are. We wanted the kids to start to think about who they were, in their community, in their school and in their families. Most importantly who they are to their creator. That they are God’s workmanship or poetry as Ephesians 2:10 tells us and that all of God’s work is a marvelous creation therefore they are a marvelous creation. After the children went into their workshops we had a chance to talk with many of the children about who they are and who they would like to become. To our surprise many of them seemed to have it already figured out! They dream about a brighter future than what they currently have. Most are confident in who they want to be and the things they take joy in. Simple things are important to them, like ice cream, fotball (soccer), and their pets. They’re also concerned about weightier things like family, good jobs and safety for their future. The kids also know that they have to work hard to achieve their goals and dreams and are not afraid to try new things, whether it was learning to dance or write their own stories or try their hand at the art of miming, they quickly became engrossed in the task at hand and their personalities started to shine. We are looking forward to sharing with you throughout the week what the kids learn about who God says we are as a reflection of Him, and how that gives us purposeful lives.

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