This year, with the restructuring of the Children’s Spiritual Development department, Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (BMW) days have also returned. During these times, all staff join the teachers and students for a time of teaching and activities centered on exploring the biblical expression and understanding of manhood and womanhood. Explore more about why a children’s center focuses on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.
Our community here at New Hope Uganda seeks not only to help those who have been affected by fatherlessness, but also to transform the culture and society which causes it. This process must begin in the hearts of individuals.
This year, we are focusing on these ideas of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood on an organization-wide level. Most recently, that has been carried out through a “BMW Day” for all of the children enrolled in our primary and secondary schools at Kasana Children’s Centre.
For the secondary students, the morning of teaching built on a three-day seminar with various speakers a couple weeks back. The primary students learned the basics about the four pillars of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. The first two pillars for both are Relationship and Image Bearing. The second two pillars of manhood are Stewardship and Headship, while the second two for womanhood are Helper and Life-Giver.
After the teaching time in the morning, the children split into two groups to work on different projects. The boys and male staff members carved hoe handles from sticks, while the girls and female staff members sewed simple headbands from fabric.
The staff and boys worked in the bush over on secondary side. Men-in-training whacked away at their hoe handles with pongas, whittling them down.
Scattered throughout the church/primary school assembly area, the girls sat in groups of mixed ages each with a staff member or two. With quick and nimble fingers, the women-in-training executed their craft beautifully.
Towards the end of the day, coming rain led to an optional early-dismissal, but the young people carried with them physical reminders of the material they had begun to learn. And we pray God uses that day to make the truth of His designs for men and women sink deeply into their hearts.