That Day of My Childhood – Yemisrach Reta

I always thank that day, what day? It was the day I joined Sunday School. My brother was 12 years old, and he is 6 years older than me. That day was Sunday morning while he asked me to go to the church with him. I was very excited to hear that because he was a Sunday School student, so he went by himself before. Even if I wanted to go and sing the spiritual songs with him, I always went to church with my grandma and waited for her until she finished her prayers. I sat with her to hear preachers in got sleepy and bored while they preached for adults. However, that day, he told me that the Sunday School leaders asked the members to invite their friends and siblings. For all that, that day made my childhood a very interesting time and it is a milestone for my present and future time to give a service for the church as a member of Sunday School student.

That day, after the program completed, the leader asked the newcomers to register to learn Bible and prayer, and to serve Sunday School. At that time, I was so happy and I registered to be a member. Day by day, I was practicing every activity that the Sunday school students were doing, and I was wishing every day to be Sunday to go to Sunday School and to sing on the stage and learn the stories from the Bible. When I was at home, I was always listened and sang with spiritual singers on DVD player. Throughout practicing, my voice was going smooth and attractive to the listener, so the leader chose me to sing on microphone. I was so excited when I thought of singing in front of my friends on microphone. When I grew up, my activities were increasing. Teaching girls the Bible, teaching boys and girls the spiritual songs and showing them how to use Orthodox musical instruments, and also leading them while they were singing during religious holydays was all my activities. On our holydays, when I finished singing in the microphone, the old people were blessing me, and some kissed my chick and some traditionally kissed my shoulders. I was so glad at that time in every activity of our church. Even, in school my classmates were usually asking me to sing in our break time, and I have never said no.

In a like manner, there are many Ethiopian Orthodox Churches here in Colorado. Every Sunday in the morning, I go to the St Trinity Church which is nearest to my home. As a matter of fact, at this time, I am very busy, so I cannot serve a church just like before. Even if I work a part time job, I have a lot of activities to do in my home. Such as, taking care of my daughter and managing our home. Additionally, there are many Ethiopian in my surrounding, so I have a little social life with them. Furthermore, going school are making me very busy because I am taking full course load. Actually, when I go to the church on Sunday, I sing spiritual songs with Sunday School students and listen preaches as much as I am possible to do not forget the Holly Bible and the spiritual songs.

When I think about my future, I always remember my childhood how I did my responsibilities as a Sunday School member, so I really wish to serve our church by my talent that God has gave me. Once I finished the ESL and LPN courses, with no doubt, I will have a little free time to study the spiritual songs and the Bible with the Sunday School students. Moreover, in the future, if I have a little free time, I want to learn the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido language (Geez). After that, I will teach Geez for the kids of Sunday School.

To sum up, I cannot forget that day my brother took me to Sunday School, and being a part of it in my childhood goes through my life, and will continue up to the end of my life. Although, now, I am busy in going school, taking care of my daughter, and working, I cannot participate in Sunday School even if there are many Orthodox Church in Colorado. However, I always wish to be a part of Sunday School and start serving the Church in the near future. Hopefully, in the will of God, I will serve him again.

I always thank that day, what day? It was the day I joined Sunday School. My brother was 12 years old, and he is 6 years older than me. That day was Sunday morning while he asked me to go to the church with him. I was very excited to hear that because he was a Sunday School student, so he went by himself before. Even if I wanted to go and sing the spiritual songs with him, I always went to church with my grandma and waited for her until she finished her prayers. I sat with her to hear preachers in got sleepy and bored while they preached for adults. However, that day, he told me that the Sunday School leaders asked the members to invite their friends and siblings. For all that, that day made my childhood a very interesting time and it is a milestone for my present and future time to give a service for the church as a member of Sunday School student. That day, after the program completed, the leader asked the newcomers to register to learn Bible and prayer, and to serve Sunday School. At that time, I was so happy and I registered to be a member. Day by day, I was practicing every activity that the Sunday school students were doing, and I was wishing every day to be Sunday to go to Sunday School and to sing on the stage and learn the stories from the Bible. When I was at home, I was always listened and sang with spiritual singers on DVD player. Throughout practicing, my voice was going smooth and attractive to the listener, so the leader chose me to sing on microphone. I was so excited when I thought of singing in front of my friends on microphone. When I grew up, my activities were increasing. Teaching girls the Bible, teaching boys and girls the spiritual songs and showing them how to use Orthodox musical instruments, and also leading them while they were singing during religious holydays was all my activities. On our holydays, when I finished singing in the microphone, the old people were blessing me, and some kissed my chick and some traditionally kissed my shoulders. I was so glad at that time in every activity of our church. Even, in school my classmates were usually asking me to sing in our break time, and I have never said no. In a like manner, there are many Ethiopian Orthodox Churches here in Colorado. Every Sunday in the morning, I go to the St Trinity Church which is nearest to my home. As a matter of fact, at this time, I am very busy, so I cannot serve a church just like before. Even if I work a part time job, I have a lot of activities to do in my home. Such as, taking care of my daughter and managing our home. Additionally, there are many Ethiopian in my surrounding, so I have a little social life with them. Furthermore, going school are making me very busy because I am taking full course load. Actually, when I go to the church on Sunday, I sing spiritual songs with Sunday School students and listen preaches as much as I am possible to do not forget the Holly Bible and the spiritual songs. When I think about my future, I always remember my childhood how I did my responsibilities as a Sunday School member, so I really wish to serve our church by my talent that God has gave me. Once I finished the ESL and LPN courses, with no doubt, I will have a little free time to study the spiritual songs and the Bible with the Sunday School students. Moreover, in the future, if I have a little free time, I want to learn the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido language (Geez). After that, I will teach Geez for the kids of Sunday School. To sum up, I cannot forget that day my brother took me to Sunday School, and being a part of it in my childhood goes through my life, and will continue up to the end of my life. Although, now, I am busy in going school, taking care of my daughter, and working, I cannot participate in Sunday School even if there are many Orthodox Church in Colorado. However, I always wish to be a part of Sunday School and start serving the Church in the near future. Hopefully, in the will of God, I will serve him again.

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