Rapt Attention

10 Aug

Sometimes it’s hard to get children’s attention.  It’s like talkin’ to the back of an I-pad.  Lesson time is catered to the attention deficit and condensed into the time elapsed between keyboard strokes.  Presentations have to be blurted out in chain gun rapidity.  Many teachers wish their facial features included a video screen on a giant forehead.  At least that way they could imagine they are getting eye contact.  How many of the girls here do you think have computers or electronic gadgets in their homes?  Or television?

The teacher in this photo is the one bending over slightly.  Can you guess what he could be talking about that would generate this number of spellbound gazes.  The latest fashion.  A funny story about boys.  Maybe, the latest music video by the newest heartthrob.  Notice the little girl with her hands folded under her chin in profile to the right of the orange headband.  Is this a teachable moment?  These are the little girls at risk due to their family situations that LSM is privileged to minister to here in Ethiopia.  All are missing one parent and many are missing both and living with extended family. 

The lesson of the day…”Jesus loves you,” in sign language.  Shortly after the photo, we sang a song together in the best English they could muster.  It sounded good enough to bring some tears.  “Little ones to Him belong,” brings hope to hearts in any language.    

2 Responses to “Rapt Attention”

  1. Sarah Fiechter August 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    Oh Allen, WOW. Thank you. As always, inspired & encouraged by your posts.

    God Bless!

  2. Debbie Dinkleman August 10, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    What a wonderful group of young ladies…..your work is obviously yielding much fruit and touching hearts. I appreciate your news from the mission field so much and look forward to each entry. Thank you and God bless you both,
    Debbie Dinkleman

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