I taught the first lesson that evening—the web of untruth.
I didn't have much time but I think that the children understood what I was trying to teach.
There is this one older girl on my team and normally the older children do not want to participate at all, but this girl listened well during small group and would interact during large group so I went out of my way to praise her for her attentiveness and enthusiasm.
She just shyly smiled at me and I could tell that my few simple words meant a lot to her.
I had prayed that the Lord would give me His love for the children and I really feel like He has answered my prayer.
I have found that I have this deep, strong, and genuine love for all of the children, but especially for the ones on my team.
I love the children when they are good and I love them when they are bad.
Tonight during a large group a 7 year old boy bit me and normally I would have been irritated, but this time I just felt a love for the little boy swell up in my heart.
I know that the love is coming from God.
The children here are so precious.
When I see them smile, hear them laugh, watch them cry, feel their little hands grab mine, see their earnest eyes as they excitedly tell me something in Chinese, I know that God has called me here for a reason, for such a time as this.
As I help them work on the crafts and teach them lessons I feel such a joy to know that I have the privilege to impact these children.
I am still so thrilled that I have the opportunity to be a part of the first team to conduct a CI in China!
The spiritual warfare has been very, very strong at times but the Lord is stronger than the enemy and I know that He will triumph over all of the problems and challenges that will come our way.
May all praise, honor, and glory go to your name, oh Lord.
ATI Student from NC