Ave Maria

Sometimes life is far funnier than anything a comedian can come up with.

The church in Ubaúna has begun to experience some explosive growth. Consequently, they are far more people than there is space to put them in. That especially is true of the children.

While there, I popped in to a small room no more than 12′ x 15′ crammed with 32 kids under the age of 6. It was hot, the lighting wasn’t good and the warrior (the name of a group of 12 disciples who are receiving special training in hands-on church planting) who was teaching the class was trying to explain to this age group how to pray. She wasn’t as “energetic” as she might have been and had gotten a bit wordy.

As she concluded the “how” with a demonstration of prayer, Joãozinho (little John), five years old, interrupted her. “Auntie (that’s what the little kids call the teachers), I just don’t understand what you’re doing!”

He jumped to his feet and proclaimed: “I don’t know how to do what you’re saying! I’ll just do it my way!”

With that, and in a voice that was a perfect chant, he proclaimed, “Hail Mary, full of grace…”

I don’t know if it was heat stroke or the hilarity of the moment (probably both), but I was on the floor laughing so hard my side hurt.


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