“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
Creation is a central and foundational belief for both Christians and Muslims. These two verses speak directly to God as the Creator and His Word which was there at the beginning and spoken for the benefit of humanity, both physically and spiritually. It is a common ground area that speaks to both Christians and Muslims. It is a belief that brings up the question: Why God created human beings?
Our ministry at Purok Uno in Silangan Philippines has started a new study with our children, both Christians and Muslims, and the above verses bring together a belief that all the children know: God is the Creator.
So how does this work out in an ESL class? Not long ago I discovered a paper-based microscope called Foldscope. They were designed by two Professors at Stanford University, who were looking for a way to teach science to students in countries that couldn’t afford a regular microscope. As we were praying the idea of using the foldscope to teach English was brought up. As we continued to pray and seek how this would work, the Holy Spirit showed us Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1. Thus our theme and teaching in English and science is “Understanding God’s Creation through the Microscope.” (Big Shout-Out to Dwight Kimberly (Reedwood Friends) for being a Man of God and Scientist in our lives)
It has been a big hit with the children and the community. The children had to build the Foldscope thus utilizing all their learning skills from both the teacher (me) and video segments. And as we progress in this project the children have to answer questions about what they are seeing and learning about God’s creation. Of course, we sing songs, play games, and have snacks. Yes, they are also using the basic scientific method of observation and testing.
It is amazing to watch them absorb the material and lessons. We are planning a semester end gathering on Oct. 19th. The children/youth and some parents from Purok Uno and Silangan Evangelical Friends Church will have a swim party and lunch. It will be a time to just gather, get to know one another better, have lunch, and FUN!
- Please pray for more parent contact of our students.
- Please pray they will understand the nature of God as the Creator.
- Please pray for more open doors of ministry to this community.
To the right is an updated picture of the church building in Tagnipa Evangelical Friends Church, Palawan.
Your fellow servants in Christ,
Roy and Jinky Twaddell