There was a whole lot of yelling, cheering and laughter going on when CINews stopped by to visit earlier this week.
To help get some of the newer kids who hadn’t attended previous day’s sessions into the holiday programme spirit, the YWAM staff organised all the children into four teams for a bit of early morning fun.
Four teams, four cups, four straws, four ping-pong balls – with the aim of the game being to get your team’s ping-pong ball into the cup just by blowing and sucking at it with your straw.
You can imagine how that went.
As long-time attender 12-year-old Esther Short says, the holiday programme “really is a lot of fun”.
Esther has been coming to the YWAM holiday programme ever since it first started eight years ago – when she was “about four” she thinks – and the ping-pong game is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the fun things they get up to.
“We’ve been playing games, learning about God, and doing team challenges,” says Esther. “We’ve also been learning scriptures and doing other fun stuff. Today we’re doing watersports, like water balloon fights – and lollies!”
YWAM staff member Kammy Jackson has been on Rarotonga for about a year now and has been involved with the running of several holiday programmes. In addition to the fun and games, she says an important part of the programme is “sharing with the kids about the love of God”.
“We have crafts time, we have game time – and then we also have our Bible time, where the kids learn and memorise a scripture every day,” says Kammy.
“They have to recite it at the end of the day, so the kids actually memorise it and start speaking it. And they learn Bible stories and lessons.”