Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Power of Los Pollitos

During our preparation classes for Guatemala in youth group, Greg taught all of us the song "Los Pollitos," an easy children's song that can be used to break the ice.   We hadn't really seen too many kids around our work site and with our limited Spanish we were a little shy talking to them.  When Greg's work group came to our site for lunch, they found that their bus driver had left them, so there was time to have a "sing off" challenge with the neighborhood children.   And indeed, Los Pollitos was the song used to break the ice.   Then the girls taught us a song.  Then "Eres Todo Poderoso" and "Allelu, Alabare."  When Greg's group got ready to leave, he said something to the effect of "Jenni, we've broken the ice, so if you want to play games, it's up to you."  Fortunately, I'm very good at games.  Even in Spanish.   We spent the rest of our last day, prior to the closing ceremony (Despidida) playing Red Light Green Light, water bottle relays, a game like hot potato (called La Bomba, complete with a song), and lots of Pato, Pato, Gonzo (and the kids constantly made me run).   It was a fantastic ending to our week at Ana's house.   

The initial group of girls we sang with
Los Pollitos in action
Greg's group singing

Keep away with Stephen
All the neighborhood kids, quite the game playing crew

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the shout out Jenni! I was so proud of all the kids and adults on the trip. Your team got so much done on your house and built some great relationships on the last day. Those kids are going to talk about that crazy group of gringos for years to come. You showed them a positive face of Americans and really shined the light of Christ on your worksite and those kids that day.

    Proud to call you my friend and traveling buddy!



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