Recently, at our church’s Global Focus (aka Missions Week, in non-Bethlehem lingo), Derek and I were asked if we could speak to the kiddos on a Wednesday night. We respectfully declined. Not because we’re afraid of kids. Not because we’re afraid of speaking. And not because we didn’t have the time.
In fact, several years ago, I spoke to the kids about the street kids in Zambia. So, why not speak to the kids now? Because this time we will be working with HIV.
It is easy for kids to grasp and be affected by something like street kids. But HIV? Hmmmm. That’s a toughy. And we’re not too sure how some parents would respond to their 5-year old learning about HIV.
Over the past few years, we have been able to address large groups and small groups about HIV in Zambia, and inevitably we end up hearing something like this from a well-meaning, all-too-inquisitive 7-year old:
I get that people are sick. And I get that HIV makes them sick. But how do they get HIV?
This is where you parents come in. How would you answer that? How would you explain to your first grader what HIV is? Please feel free to leave a comment, because we really to want your input. Thanks!