It is 10 am Thursday morning, right after the Education session and the children are gathered in the Watoto Church Downtown Auditorium for a time to sing, dance, play games and dig deep into the word of God. This is called Children’s Devotions.
30minutes later, the children, uncles and aunties are all panting, sweating, laughing and hugging one another.
Quickly, they get into small groups of 3s and 4s, which are called ‘Host Families; the boys with their uncles and the girls with their aunties. The families dive into their very first lesson of the Bible; Finding Scriptures.
In one host family, 9-year-old Belinda Alaba, with the help of their Auntie Sharon opens her Bible to the table of contents. From the table of contents, she’s excited to learn that they can get to any book in the Bible with a lot of ease.
Slowly and carefully, Belinda follows the pages numbers and lands on the scripture Auntie Sharon has asked her to find. As soon as she gets to her destination, she smiles proudly at this great achievement; firmly she holds out her Bible and reads to her auntie.
“John Chapter 3 verse 16, it says; ‘For God so loved the world that He sent His only son Jesus Christ, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life, ‘ she reads.
Cheering and praising her, Auntie Sharon appreciates Belinda with a hug.
From other groups, each child takes a turn to find scriptures assigned to them, reading to the rest of the group. Through this exercise, the children’s esteem is boosted, their knowledge of God increased, and their relationship with God and with others made better.
“I like reading the Bible, mostly opening it. At first, I didn’t know how to find verse but I’m now very excited that I can find my way through the Bible,” says Paul Opio, 12 years old.
“I have been encouraged to read my Bible everyday and follow the instructions there. And since I now know how to look for verses, I’m not going to miss any single day,” relates Belinda Alaba, 9 years old.
Proverbs 22:6 encourages parents to train their children in the way of the Lord such that even when they grow up, they do not depart from it. We believe that because of the trust a child has for their parent, when they study the word as a family, the children will believe the awesome stories in the Bible. This is why we have them study and have devotion in small groups with their Aunties and Uncles, who are their fathers and mothers while on tour.
Book the choir at https://www.watoto.com/app/choir/book