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Bible Club at Ntonda School

Aug 30, 2018

We’re familiar with after school activities – sports, drama, music, etc. Schools in Malawi have a similar form of activities called clubs. At Ntonda Primary School there is an after-school club called a Bible Club. This after-school group has about 150 students and is the largest of the clubs at Ntonda, which is saying something when there are sports clubs in a country where football (soccer) is big.

My co-worker, Symon Katete, and I made the half-hour trip to Ntonda recently where Mission teacher Timothy Jailosi teaches Bible in the school and leads the after-school club.

I taught the story of Jonah, and, contrary to the norm when I’m teaching in the villages, I was asked to teach in English, rather than the local language of Chichewa. This is because the later grades in primary school, as well as high schools, are all taught in English. It was a fun time and with a good collection of kids, ranging from 8 to 17 years old. I found myself crossing over into Chichewa after I got blank stares with my U.S. English.

When I finished, Symon summarized the lesson - in English. I found it humorous that he and I had switched our native speaking roles.

I began the lesson, asking, “What do you think of when you think of the story of Jonah?” Like many of us, the kids said, “a big fish.” But one of the younger kids who kept answering questions well in English said, “Jonah disobeyed God.” We focused on that and how Jonah never really obeyed God, even when he ended up going to Nineveh. His heart was still far from God’s heart.

Symon emphasized the point of the lesson, that “God loves us, not because we are good or because of what we do, but God loves us because He is good.” He had the whole class say that line together, then asked them to translate it back into Chichewa. We closed with a fun song from the kids and all left with smiles on our faces.

My mom just recently gave a quote that sums up the visit well: “I heard a child laugh; my day is complete.”

Blessings to you all.

By Ben Hayes