Well it's about time the teachers have to sit and listen and not talk and fill how it is to be a student again! Ha! I always thought...surely my teacher as forgotten how it was to be a teenager and how hard it is to sit still and listen for so long! Surely I ain't the only one who has thought that?? But the first week of July for three days, the teachers in the schools we visit to teach the Bible to the kids sat and were taught by some teachers from Alabama! But the teachers here loved it! They were so excited to get new ideas and learn new ways to teach the kids. And the teachers from Alabama did great! We went to four schools in three days! And at one of the schools there were teachers from three different schools...good stuff! They were able to encourage and help many teachers from different places in Chiquimula. They taught techniques on keeping the pace of the class moving forward and keeping the kids' mind firing the whole day. They taught on classroom organization and visual teaching aids in their rooms. They gave them ideas on games to play and provided some of the material to do the games. They spoke about the emotional and spiritual needs of the kids and how to understand that and help the kids. And the awesome thing about all this...going back and visiting the schools after the teachers left, I see the things they taught being put into practice by the teachers here in Chiquimula! And many of the teachers have talked to me about how they were encouraged and revived again with the new ideas and enthusiasm from the teachers that came. I already have many schools asking when they can come back and teach again! The word is getting out! Praise the Lord that He sent teachers that are Christians and God-fearing men and women to influence the teachers here!
One of the teachers brought several soccer balls that have the same color coding that teaches the plan of salvation and the effect of God's love and Jesus' sacrifice in our lives. This is such an awesome idea because all the kids here want to do is play soccer! So now when they are playing and see the colors on the soccer ball, we pray that the Gospel message comes to the remembrance and they go and share it with others!
And one of the teachers was blessed with the gift to fancy up hair for the little girls. She did some fancy braids and put colored ribbons in the hair to look very pretty! She was very busy with the little girls who loved it!
So we give God the glory and honor and continue to pray for the schools and the kids!
What We Do
- Eyes Wide Open Ministries
- We are non-denominational missionaries working with pastors, churches, schools, and the local hospital in Chiquimula, Guatemala. We host training seminars for pastors, leaders, and youth from rural areas and we help supply the congregations with Biblical materials to minister to their communities. We are currently building a Ministry Center to host the events. We visit several public schools to share a Biblical story and play with the kids. We also pray in the local hospital and give out toys, toiletries, and Biblical materials. Ways to Be a Part of this Ministry: Come - We need pastors and leaders to come and teach these pastors and leaders here in Guatemala. Or you could bring a group to work in the churches or schools with construction or evangelism. Financially Support - If you would like to support this ministry, please visit our website at www.eyeswideopenministries.com to donate online or send your donation to: Killen UMC Mission P.O.Box 249 Killen, Alabama 35645 Make your checks payable to Killen UMC Missions and designate the check to Daniel McIntyre All donations are tax-deductible. Pray - Please pray we will follow God's leading in all we do.