Sunday, October 20th, a group of teens and adults spent the day at The Lakes, an apartment community with a large number of refugees in Clarkston, hosting what we called a “mini-funival.” We played games, held contests and relay races, painted faces, colored, and enjoyed ice cream and lemonade with the kids. All-in-all, everyone had a great time.
Before we left the church vans to begin setting up, Marÿka Zee said something that I believe stuck with each of us during our time there: “We’re not doing it for us. This is for the kids, so let’s put ourselves aside for a moment and reach out.” This changed the entire atmosphere of the group and of the mini-funival. Instead of doing things that were easy and comfortable, we stepped out of our hobbit holes and comfort zones and went out of our way to make sure each child felt welcome. The funival and its atmosphere reminded me of Matthew 19:14 – “Jesus, however, said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and stop keeping them away because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people like these.'”