They have different religious beliefs and unique personalities that affect how they react to the people around them. The kids who misbehave are often from broken homes. They are starved for attention and will do whatever it takes to get it. Some kids have a parent in prison; other children are insecure and heartbroken because they seldom see their parents.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2 (NIV)
Elizabeth teaching kids about butterflies
My job is to make sure these kids stay safe and have fun. On many days, I see the effects of bullying, which often starts with name-calling. I can see the hurt in the eyes of the children who are victims. The ones who get picked on are often more quiet and withdrawn. They long to be loved. My work has become a ministry of presence with kids who need a Christian role model in their lives. I cannot completely end the bullying; but by reaching out in love to the victim and the bully, I can help one child at a time.
THINK ABOUT IT: In what ways are you a Christian role model? How does your helping other people lead them to God?