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Maryknoll Affiliates Teach About Missionaries at St. James

Marisa showing the St. James students a photo of Mrs. Dunford.
Marisa showing the St. James students a photo of Mrs. Dunford.
“What is a missionary?” Red Bank Catholic’s Maryknoll Club spent a period at St. James teaching the second and third graders about missionaries. They explained that a missionary is anyone who spreads the love of God. RBC’s students helped the children see the similarities between the love that parents give to them, the love that missionaries give to others, and the love that God gives to the world. One young third grader even asked, “So then are our parents missionaries too… since they love us?” Just as parents love their children, God loves us; we are all children of God.
Emily teaching about missionaries.
Emily teaching about missionaries.

Huddled in groups, the students looked at photos of less-fortunate, young children in different countries; the students could see that the smiling faces in all of the photos were a result of missionary work that they had been a part of. Each student was eager to learn of other ways that they could help spread God’s love to children in Africa, South America, and Asia. Next, they helped make Christmas cards to send to the children. They colored pictures and wrote notes telling of Jesus’ love. One student was so eager to help, that he taped his only three quarters inside of his card.

Kristen singing Christmas carols.
Kristen singing Christmas carols.

Despite their young age, the students at St. James were completely receptive of the message that RBC’s Maryknoll members had to share. They were excited to make a difference. After all, anyone can be a missionary- an RBC senior or even a St. James second grader- one is never to young- or too old- to spread the message of God’s love.

The children colored cards to send.
The children colored cards to send.


 


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