So, without further ado, here's a little bit of what's been happening in O.S.F. these past couple weeks in October.
Last week, Emily led. Her lesson started with the students taking turns playing "The Price is Right." She brought three paper sized white boards and dry erase markers and handed them out to three brave students. Then she put a picture of some snack food from 7-11 up on the screen. She asked them to guess how much it would cost to buy those snacks (and just like the Price is Right, the goal was to be as close to but remaining under the actual price). The three boys wrote numbers down, and it was time for the reveal. Then the white boards were passed on to the next group of students and another image came up on the screen. This happened several times, and the items continued to become more and more expensive. The final item was an apartment in Taipei with a pool and a mountain view. (I really enjoyed that one student when urging on his friend said, "You need to put more nines after the first number!"). Emily followed up by asking, "How do we figure out what something's price is?" Or to put it another way: How do we determine the value of something? For the apartment, students answers included: "It has a pool," "You can see the mountains," and "It's in Taipei." Then Emily asked, "How much would YOU cost?" Kids were quick to offer prices for my friend. "He's free!" or "You can have him for $1N.T!" And after talking about good qualities that we possess and bad traits that we have, we looked at what the Bible has to say on the topic of our worth. Mainly, that to God we cost Jesus - His Son. Not only is our cost Jesus, but God thought that was a price worth paying for each and every one of us. And even if it only saved one person, God would still have seen the value in giving Jesus to death for us. Of course, Jesus didn't stay dead, but it was still quite a sacrifice He made for us: taking our sins and our separation from God for us. This was a particularly good lesson to have last week since the students had just finished taking their monthly tests and had just received their grades and class standing. No matter whether you are first or last, God loves you.
|The students playing "The Price is Right"|
|Collaboration on how much the apartment should cost|
This week in O.S.F. we just had a fun night. We played different board games (courtesy of Tim). Tim brought three different games, and we had a total of five tables going to accommodate all the students who showed up. And even with five different tables, a few of the students still ended up just watching others play, but they were satisfied with this, so, no harm, no foul. There were three tables in the middle of the room playing "Pluckin' Pairs," one table was playing "Cash and Guns" and the last table was playing "Telestrations." I was at the Cash and Guns table, which was being played by the maximum eight boys, plus there were three boys watching. However, even the kids watching got in on the action as players would talk with their friends to decide what to do. It's great to watch the students learn how to play the game well enough that pretty soon their explaining it and debating different moves with their friends. It was a bit chaotic with all those games going on, but at the end of the day, I think the kids had a lot of fun. One of the students from my table stuck around to help me pick up the game. I asked him what he'd thought of it. "I really liked it!" he said. "I had a lot of fun!" Even some of the students that would normally be tempted to be on their cellphones for part of O.S.F. were engaged in either playing or cheering their friends on to victory! Sometimes, it's good to just have a fun day. :)
|My table - the boys playing Cash and Guns.|
|So many kids and so many games! :)|
|The Telestrations table|
"This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." 1 John 4:10