Word for the Wee Class Learns about Panama and Mexico

Word for the Wee is a Wednesday-morning, Sunday-school-style class for the children of the Seminary community—and this week families were treated to two special guests with tales and treasures from around the world.

Fourth-year student Charles Nemec spoke to the children about his mother from Panama, as well as many of the arts and traditions of the country. He brought along beautiful examples of molas, a traditional textile craft made from layers of colored fabric that are stitched and cut using applique techniques to create patterns and pictures—one of which told the story of our Savior dying on the cross for our sins. He also talked about traditional dances and celebrations, showing dolls in traditional costumes—a girl wearing a pollera (long, flowy, embroidered, layered blouse and skirt) and a boy in his montuno (white, long-sleeve, embroidered shirt called camisilla; black pants; traditional straw hat called sombrero pintao; a small bag called chacara; and black and white shoes called chinelas).

Rebecca Souer is the wife of fourth-year student Eric Souer, and lived in Mexico for one year as an exchange student when she was 18. “I had the pleasure of spending a year as a foreign exchange student in Chilpancingo de los Bravos, Guerrero, Mexico. This program, hosted by Rotary International, allowed me to experience a beautiful new culture, gain new skills including fluency in Spanish, and form wonderful relationships with others from around the world.”

Rebecca brought, alebrijes, brightly-colored, hand-painted, wooden animals with heads and tails that bobble around. She allowed the children to smell the sweet wood of the native Mexican linaloe tree, used to make lovely, hand-painted, lacquerware boxes. She also brought a jaguar pillow and told them about the festival of Santa Ana, where a masked dancer moves throughout the crowd, pretending to be a fearsome jaguar.

The class began with the children saying Luther’s morning prayer. They learned a Bible lesson, sang a hymn, listened to the guest speakers while touching and passing around many of the items brought along, and closed with a prayer before heading off to attend the Divine Service in Kramer Chapel with their parents. It was amazing that so much could be packed into 25 minutes. Organizer and Access Services Coordinator Renée Wiley said that she designed everything in concise segments to accommodate the attention spans and patience of little ones.

Word for the Wee is a wonderful example of the nurturing, family-friendly community at CTSFW. Not only does it offer future pastors the opportunity to practice for future children’s sermons, it allows parents and children an opportunity to enjoy spiritually-enriching fellowship. 

Please join us in praising and thanking God for everyone who invests their time, talents, and treasure in the Seminary and in programs such as Word for the Wee (including the Seminary Guild, who raised money to supply the class with journals and other supplies). We also thank you and ask that you continue to pray for our students, their families, and especially these little ones as they all grow in faith and in service of God and His Church.