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Hart: Lessons kids need to learn

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2012 at 9:36 am

Nationally syndicated newspaper columnist Betsy Hart focused on KHUSA president David Staal’s new book, Lessons Kids Need to Learn. Click here to read her column “Hart: Lessons kids need to learn” that appears in hundreds of papers across the country. To read the article as it appears in the Chicago Sun Times, click here!

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From my son Scott

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm

My dad and I leave this Saturday and we’re very excited to serve God as we work alongside the Haitian people. It would be awesome if you could take a few minutes every day to pray for a few things while my dad and I are in Haiti:

  • For our safety and health in a foreign country. That God would help all the details come together, knowing that He is already working down in Haiti right now.
  • For strength. That we would be able to work hard and give God all the glory as we work alongside Haitians. That despite the heat, our attitudes would be a reflection of Christ.
  • For our relationships with the Haitians. That our team, as well as the Haitians, would have open hearts to one another. That God would be in our conversations and use our team from Grand Haven, Michigan to remind the Haitian people how much God loves them.
  • That my dad and I would grow in our relationship with each other and in both of our relationships with God. That we would be open to what God wants to do through us and in us while we are down in Haiti and when we come back.

Thanks for your prayers. Feel free to look at our Facebook page with updates during our week in Haiti.

God Bless,

Scott Staal

The Power of Questions

In Kids on May 24, 2012 at 8:57 am

Sometimes, though, the key to great questions rests less with what’s asked and more with who does the asking. Whether you serve as a child’s mentor, minister, or mother (fathers too), consider the positive impact that deliberate questioning delivers—with an important twist.

A description will help.

Yesterday I met with the young boy I mentor. We sat in a hallway/lounge area at school and munched on a snack. For ten minutes or so, I asked question after question to kick start a conversation. What did you do over the weekend? What are your summer plans? What’s your favorite thing to do when it’s warm outside? My inquiries stirred little interest, as proven by the brief responses.

Then the breakthrough happened.

The little guy suggested we move on to a book he brought about animals. “Here’s what we’ll do,” he said. “I will read about an animal, and you try to guess the name of the animal.”

Across the next twenty-five minutes, he read several short descriptions. When I struggled with my guesses, he offered clues. For instance, after listing a few characteristics of one particular animal, he said, “Starts with a ‘p’ and ends with ‘y.’” (the answer: Pony)

For another animal, “Has a real thick coat of big brown hair. Eats fish from streams, he’s a _____.”

“Hmmm,” I said.

“Starts with ‘b’ and ends with ‘r,’” he said.

“Do beavers eat fish?” I asked.

“Grrrrrrrrr!” he said.

I then guessed right. (the answer: Bear)

Throughout this back-and-forth exercise, we shared comments about animals; some that he’s seen before, his favorites, interesting physical features, and whether or not each would make a good pet. Each of these discussions started based on his interest. Quite a contrast from the interrogation method I tried earlier.

So what’s the point, you ask? Simple; questions will definitely help conversations—especially when a child does the asking. Here’s why: Children routinely must field questions from adults. But the chance to ask the questions validates and affirms their worth.

Ah, the power that comes from questions!