What is safety worth? I wonder whether this is a question you have ever thought through. We have been reminded again this month that safety always comes at a cost. At Trinity Children’s Centre we endeavour to create a safe and nurturing environment for children so that they can learn and flourish, but this has not been an easy task. Over the past few months we have found it a costly and difficult exercise to ensure the security of our campus against criminals in our neighbourhood, who are always watching for an opportunity to break in. Please continue to pray for the physical safety of the school as well as for God’s continued provision for our work. Give thanks also that God has kept our staff and students safe.
Some of our students face particularly difficult situations outside of school; emotional and physical safety are unfortunately just not a given for every child. We are grateful for the opportunity to support children through these difficult times and to take part in teaching them how God helps us climb over the obstacles that life brings. However, creating an emotionally safe space is also costly—it requires great investment from every teacher. Please pray for our staff as they seek to love and care for each one of the children at the school and especially pray for wisdom as they disciple the children, some of whom are walking a very difficult road.
Fun February: Despite the challenges it is a joy to see the children growing and developing and having the opportunity to be children:
- February is generally a hot month so we decided it would be a good time for a ‘water day’ at the school. Between our blow up pool, buckets of water and garden sprinklers the children certainly enjoyed themselves playing and splashing around in the water!
- We chose to celebrate Valentines Day at the school by all wearing red and the children made gifts for their families—the children showed great self-control in not eating all the decorated chocolates and chocolate-dipped wafers that they made!