This is a celebration post as I FINALLY finished a children’s curriculum for our teams to use on ministry this summer. I emphasis finally as my husband expected it 2 months ago…I really used to be very efficient. This might be the time to explain my role in our mission venture. Besides blogging…oh, I guess that doesn’t qualify as ministry… ministry to myself perhaps?? Hee! Well, with 3 little ones and being the Family Research Assistant for Childhood Development (aka mom) it leaves me with little time for much else (I think most of you can empathize). Especially since one of the kiddos is not yet in school, I am pretty much chained to my desk so in turn do a lot of the administrative work for the ministry. That would include or did include “writing curriculum”. (In case you were wondering)
This curriculum correlates the famous, evangelistic, children’s ministry tool, the Wordless book with the South African flag. The SA flag has all the same colors so it is a cool cultural link that might help open the hearts of the African children to the Gospel…that and the Holy Spirit.
Anyway, I thought I would share what I learned about the SA flag and country. In case you are unfamilar with what the SA flag looks like you will see it portrayed above the obnoxious guy’s head as well as painted on his face. No, he is not related to me but I am convinced somehow there is a genetic link to Karen. Karen any Dutch in the genes by chance?
The SA flag was adopted in 1994 when the country achieved full democracy.
Yellow represents the country’s natural resources such as gold.
Red symbolizes the bloodshed it took to bring about that freedom.
Black represents the African people; White (White) the European people.
Green reminds us of the lush land and large farming industry in the country.
And blue is indicative of the blue skies that hover over the country most of the year.
The Y formation on the flag signifies the convergence and going forward as one unified nation of previously disparate groups in South Africa.
And lastly, did you know it is the only national flag in the world made up of 6 colors? Oh, the things that make you go hum.....hum!
If you are familiar with the Wordless book you can see how easy it is to bring in the flag colors. (Okay not sure why it took me 2 months) The color black drew the most difficulty as you don’t want to draw a correlation between sin and the majority color of the nation’s skin.
Anyway, just wanted to give you a glimpse of my culture and hey, if your child happens to have a school report due on foreign cultures/flags just delete my silly comments, press print and walla, a report to be proud of….not that I am encouraging plagiarism in anyway.