Giovanna, 6 years old, did not like fruits or vegetables when she arrived to attend the Christian Holiday School in Bahia, Brazil. She just wanted to eat sweets, pizza and other goodies. However, after a week of activities and experimentation in the kitchen and making snacks from healthy recipes that were tasted right there, she was impressed.
As she participated in a prayer of appeal and consecration for a healthier and better life, Giovanna was overcome with emotion and began to cry. “I wanted to like (fruits and vegetables) but it’s hard to promise that to God; but Heavenly Dad can help me,” said the little girl.
Between June and July, the Christian Holiday Schools in Bahia and Sergipe sought to provide exactly this experience for children. They wanted to create awareness of a healthier eating style, creatively presenting what the Seventh-day Adventist Church teaches about the subject, based on the Bible, and lead them to develop recipes in practice. Wearing aprons and handling food, under the guidance of volunteers, the participants had access to a kind of knowledge that can make a difference from an early age, as Giovanna’s example shows.
In central Bahia alone, about 500 children benefited from the program. Most were children of friends of the Adventist Church or people who were approached in the community. In some cities, there were parents who did not yet know the denomination and were suspicious of sending their children. But the content of the classes, and the children’s enthusiasm to know more about health and food, impressed them.
In Araci, where 45 children participated, parents accompanied them to the closing ceremony and learned about the Church’s work with the Adventurers Club . Right there they asked for their children to be enrolled. “The club will be an opportunity to win these families to Jesus. These mothers count on the Church as a support in the education of their children,” said Gilca Medeiros, director of the Children’s Ministry’s department for the central region of Bahia.