It’s been a long time since I posted, I cant believe how time has flown. I’m currently back in Brazil for a short return of 1 month, I thought I’d share with you a few things that have happened since we arrived. Last week we had a jam packed week of evening performances, we visited 2 different areas of Medina every night and sang Christmas Carols for the local community.
I haven’t taught much dance this time round as we now have a resident dance teach at the Pink House and also another UK volunteer who is also a dancer teacher so I’ve enjoyed doing other activities with the girls and spending quality time with them. We’ve made tu tus, decorated headbands and explored lots of different things about God in the Roda de Conversa – Circle of Conversation.
The Roda de Conversa is an activity that happens in the Pink Hose everyday it’s used as a time to explore particular themes with the girls, have open discussions and times of reflection. For the last week or so I have planned the Roda de Conversa and with the help of the Pink House staff delivered it to the girls. I wanted to use some practical and creative ways to pray and explore God, so far we’ve looked at various different themes and the girls have responded really well.
Jesus who brings the dead back to life
Using the story of Lazarus we used bandages to write the things in our life that seem dead and without hope then we prayed together and asked God to restore and revive them things.
The love of God that links us together & God’s power can break the chains that hold us prisoners
We made a big paper chain and wrote about the love of God on the outside and used the inside of the chain to write the things in our life that feel like chains holding us back. Together we prayed God would break these chains an fill us with his love.
The blood of Jesus that washes away our sins and cleans us
We used a blackboard to write down the sins in our life and the things we want God to clean.
We prayed together in small groups confessing our sins and asking for forgiveness we then wiped each of the words and sins we wrote off the board to represent the blood of Jesus washing away our sins and making us clean.
The truth of God vs The lies of Satan
This has been my favorite theme so far, it focused on the identity of the girls and the way that God sees them compared to the lies the enemy tries to make them believe about themselves. We started by making hand prints with paint each of the girls did one, then began to write the words that God calls us onto our hand prints.
Once the girls had thought about God and the names he has for us, I asked them to think about the lies that Satan tells us that sometimes we listen to over the names God has for us. We wrote these things onto a piece of paper and after we prayed over the lies asking God to replace them with his truth and threw them into the bin.
Having thrown the lies of the enemy into the bin I asked the girls to look in the mirror and place their hand prints in front of them, they began to shout the words that they believed God thought about them things like:
Beautiful, Strong, Loved, Special, Daughter of God, intelligent, I am creative, worthy, treasure.
The shouts got louder and louder as the girls started to believe these things about themselves, it was so amazing to hear the girls shout positive words about themselves so loud.
We finished with some worship and we all started dancing around the studio with joy, singing praises to God at the top of our voices, It was a beautiful moment that filled my heart with gladness.
This is just a quick snap shot of the last few weeks I will try and keep you all updated on other activities over the next week or so before I leave. As always thank you for your support!