Reaching Children's Hearts
Since her teenage years, Eliana wanted to work with children. After becoming a Christian, she also had a desire to work for Jesus Christ, but didn't know how. Once she completed her education degree, she went on a mission's trip to a neighboring country. When she returned home to Argentina, she decided to move to Rafael Castillo, an impoverished area near Buenos Aires.
Rafael Castillo is a city of unpaved streets full of roaming dogs. Muddy roadsides are where you'll see many in the area selling bread or candy to people walking by.
Eliana now works with kids with learning disabilities in her church in Rafael Castillo, empowering kids through Project Philip Bible studies for children. She says, "I came to this house church because this city is an impoverished area. Many children here have problems and end up in crime. In this church, I saw Project Philip Bible studies for the first time."
She wanted to make a difference in the lives of children since she was a teenager, but doubts were in the way until God showed her the path. She explains, "I noticed children had a tough time making sense of the Word of God. Every material I used was too hard and did not engage the children. It was frustrating. But, Project Philip Bible studies for children helped me!"
Eliana created a puppet named Felipito from recycled materials to help the kids engage even more in the Project Philip Bible studies for children. She beams, "Felipito is a hit here! He makes the classes dynamic and helps the kids understand the texts from the booklets. For example, after I read a passage or a question, Felipito says, 'Did you get that kids?' They always answer him!"
The young, energetic, and loving instructor says happily, "I feel satisfaction of heart and spirit after every Project Philip Bible study session. Project Philip Bible studies for children helped me understand that reaching children's hearts is possible."