Every Wednesday morning we spend 3 hours singing, teaching, snacking, playing and chilling out with our friends from the street. Mostly boys ages 10-17, and every week I break down laughing hysterically at least once, I almost poke an eye out at least once and I feel surprised/blessed by them at least once. Its probably my favorite time of the week. Here's a taste...
Top 5 hilarious/great moments from the last month:
1. Who has a friend named Jesus?
First of all I have to explain something. In Latin American culture knowing someone named Jesus (pronounced 'hey-soos') is like knowing someone named John. So with that in mind... Sarah is leading sing time with the guys and we're jamming away to this song and one of the lines is "Jesus es mi amigo" ("Jesus is my friend"). So Sarah stops and asks "Who here has a friend named Jesus??" and we all respond enthusiastically "I do!" "Me!" except for J, he shouts out:
"I do! He lives like two blocks up the road from my parents' house!"
2. Yo tengo una queja (I have a complaint)
Imagine the tallest kid in the class, then imagine organized racing games with a group of people who have only ever played pick up street soccer and lastly imagine David, our tallest (and whitest) staff member participating along with the boys. Okay, that's your setting.
So its chaotic, everyone is shouting, hardly anyone understands the rules/how to follow rules and those that do are either defying them or yelling at everyone else for defying them, but above all the voices we hear D (tallest of the boys) shout out:
"Yo tengo una queja!" ("I have a complaint!")
The first thing thats funny is that everyone gets suddenly quiet and gives D the floor (an attentiveness i wasn't able to achieve to save my life that day). So he strolls out the the middle of the concrete court and says:
"So how is anyone supposed to win a game like this when David over there has the twin towers for legs?"
And thats it. Thats all he wanted to say. Everyone flipped out laughing and the chaos started right back up where it left off as D strolled casually back to his team.
3. Does anybody know where the baby Jesus fled to?
When talking about the story of Jesus' birth and how Mary & Joseph took baby Jesus and fled from Herod, Linsey posed the question "does anyone know where they fled to?" and one of the boys shouts out:
"Su barrio de Monica!" literally translated "Monica's hood!"
4.When asked about the prodigal son, D retold the story like this:
"Well the son got a little selfish, he wasn't thinking straight, so he went and spent all this money on things that don't really matter and then he was like chillin' with the pigs and he was all 'how did i get here' so he split from there and went back to his dad's place and when he got there he said i'll just be a worker or whatever but the dad wouldn't let him he told him 'no, you're my son' because that's what you're supposed to do when you're a dad, you love your kid."
5. What gift would you give?
Last week we were talking about the wisemen and the gifts that they gave to Jesus and how they each represented something about Jesus' life. It was really neat and the boys were into it. So at the end Linsey asked them "what gifts would you give if you could give anything." Some of the answers included:
"I would draw him a picture"
"A song I wrote"
"I would make him something"
"At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, 'Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: 'I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me."