One of the neat things about IGL is what they call a holistic approach to life. What I mean by this is they do focus strongly on spiritual life, but along with this they include the well-being of each individual through teaching music, sports, business, basic education, computer skills, nursing, and even have a community college. They have building for all of these areas. For the month of May they have been holding a Leadership Conference for none other than the 4th thru 5th graders. That’s right, they have excpectations for their young ones and put them through training to become competent individuals as they grow up. This includes Bible studies and music education as well as other areas and ended with a rewards ceremony where they received a certificate for their efforts and a time of testimonies. I could not understand a word they were saying but universal signs of being nervous were picked up quickly.
Their Sunday morning worship time was amazing. It’s funny, but apparently someone practiced in American customs was the one who designed their services. Just as we do, there are opening statements, worship through songs (sometimes sitting and sometimes standing), prayer, offerings, and a time of preaching. Their prayers are interactive with the kids saying back parts of it. The offering is picked up by a boy and a girl with a bag on the end of a pole. Everyone sticks their hand in the purple bag when they give of their money so as to not let anyone see what they are giving. I mentioned that it was a boy and a girl picking up offering and not just two boys. Well this is because the boys and girls are separated down the middle and they are not allowed to interact with each other. There was a scary looking man to make sure this did not happen lol. Preaching thru a translator was very interesting. Everything I said had to be said in a slower fashion. I had to be careful because humor is not universal. A funny story to me is not always a funny story for them! But it was good and my translator was easy to work with and probably made all the difference in my sermon.
The rest of the afternoon everyone has off