“Who are you who come to me with a stick and sling like a dog?!” roared Goliath, towering over the tiny David. “You are nothing!!!!” He shook with rage.
And then, his head promptly fell off.
Not again! I peeked above the tabletop, trying to see where his cardboard noggin might have flown to, as the audience roared with laughter.
No, it’s not a strange, alternative translation of the Old Testament story, just one of the adventures that comes from working with children and giants!
Catherine helps individuals and communities in Papua New Guinea engage with the Bible, even when they have only a little bit – or none at all – printed in their language. In September, one of the ways she helped do this was at a workshop for Sunday school teachers. Read her post to see what duck, duck, goose, three-legged races and buckets of water have to do with Sunday school lessons.
But, to get back to Goliath…
“I come in the name of the God of Israel!” squeaked David, as I frantically tried to shove Goliath’s head back on his stick body and leaf armor. “And He fights for us!” David whirled a piece of vine above his head and sent the tiny stone flying into Goliath’s forehead—knocking off his head once again.
Now, even the cooks had emerged from the fires to find out what the commotion was and were crying, they were laughing so hard. Inga, my puppet partner, and I kept biting back the giggles, as I rewedged the head into the twig.
“Victory!” crowed David, wiggling in a happy dance. “The God of Israel has won!” David picked up the pocket knife and attempted to saw off the head of the fallen Goliath.. .but now the head wouldn’t come off. Finally, Inga jumped up and jerked the head off. “Hooray!!!”
If you want children in your local church to engage more with the Bible, have a look at the great resources we can offer on our website. Many of them are great for adults too!