Alone on the world

As a child, I lay under my blanket with a flashlight reading ‘Alone in the World’. The book is about Rémi, who was abandoned as a baby and, at the age of eight, sold by his foster father to a traveling artist, Vitalis. Together with the monkey Joli-Cœur, they lead a wanderer’s life. How sad I felt when the monkey got pneumonia and died. It even made me cry. When Vitalis and Rémi sleep in a ditch in the winter, Vitalis dies of the cold. Rémi himself lives because a dog kept him warm. Now he is all alone in the world. I could hardly put the book down, I thought it was so beautiful. I think everyone has memories of stories that touched you. When your mother read to you before going to sleep, at the campfire, when grandpa would talk about the past – stories belong to all people, all times and cultures. The myths, sagas and legends that we know today originated centuries ago from oral stories. In cultures with rich storytelling traditions, such as Africa, stories are still passed down from family to family. What should not be forgotten is retold in a story. The Bible is also full of stories. Jesus himself told many stories. Telling is a command from God: his Word must be passed on, because children benefit from it for their lives. That is why it is important to tell children the Biblical stories. “I want to reveal stories of the past, its deep meaning. What we know from tradition, what has been told to us from father to son, we should not withhold from our children. We tell the new generation what the Lord has made famous: his powerful action, his wonderful intervention.” (Psalm 78:3-5, Great News Bible) What a beautiful Bible text. The text speaks about the fact that as adults we have already seen much of the greatness of God, that we have experienced Him in our lives, but that children still have to discover and learn that. That is why it is so good to teach and repeat the Bible stories to children. And also the special things you have already experienced with God, a special moment when God intervened, a healing or extra finances that you received when you really needed it. That’s what our children need to hear and see. I have created a beautiful notebook with all the special stories of our family, all the miracles that Martin and I have experienced in our lives and later events with our children, so that my children will never forget that God always takes care of you. It might be a nice idea to talk as a family and tell each other about your “wonderful stories” and also write them down for times when it is difficult and you can encourage each other. Your kids will love it. Karin will soon publish her book ‘Contagious Children’s Work in your Church’. After decades of children’s work, children’s camps, children’s choirs and training children’s workers and parents, she has finally put everything on paper. You can now order it postage-free HERE via our website.

About Karin Koornstra

Getrouwd met Martin en moeder van 2 geweldige dochters Ingeborg en Lieselot. Leerkracht, coach, leider en dirigent.Gepassioneerd voor goed kinderwerk in elke kerk!

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