Stories from Whizz Kids 2019
Four children in one team, and another from a different team wanted Bibles as they did not have one, and we were able to give them each one thanks to the Bible Society’s generosity. The four children in one team then sat in a circle together reading them
One team faced some challenging questions from children who were clearly thinking deeply. Questions on Hell, Hinduism, and other religions featured.
Two Whizz Kid siblings ganged up on their parents half way through the week. The teaching on praying together was challenging them, so they challenged their parents about it, and as a result, the family is looking at starting to pray together and do devotions together. They were off to the bookshop to find some resources.
One child shared about a difficult home situation. A child sitting next to them said that happened to them, and offered there and then to pray for the first child.
The children were talking and praying about one of the giving projects at Spring Harvest this year, and after talking about the issues there, one Whizz Kid announced that they had family who were in that situation too … and another Whizz Kid came and offered to pray for her.
The Mum of one of the additional needs children said that he comes home really refreshed after the programme at Whizz ids … another additional needs child behaved in a way that he only does when he is relaxed and feeling at home.
One of the families admitted to having had a very hard year, and the only thing that had kept them and the children together over the year, was the thought of coning back to Whizz Kids.
Another parent was there without her husband, who was able to join her onsite for a day. During Whizz Kids they were able to have coffee alone together for the first time in years, because the children were settled and happy.
But WHIZZ Kids is not all Children Worldwide does at Spring Harvest …
Steve and Kay were at Harrogate as the Event Leadership Team person keeping an eye on all children’s and youth programmes throughout the week. All groups were first class and a joy to pop in to observe. Having spent years as Whizz Kids, it was interesting to see 5-7s that had grown up into other programmes. One steward we met used to be a Whizz Kid, then a member of Team and is now a teacher.
Another of Kay’s jobs was being the Additional Needs consultant (for all ages). One young teenager was happy to stay at the side of the main youth programme, and always responded to ‘worship’ by drawing big smiley faces.