We finished out our final three days at the fair and came home feeling very blessed at the opportunities. We’re also grateful to the family who pitched in to help at the booth and give out cards while the girls worked.
I figured out Anna and Mary (each) spent approximately 27 hours twisting balloons and face painting over the course of 5 days. Children and parents alike were grateful that these items were offered at no cost. How many things in life are free?!
Here are some things I noticed about:
Balloons: These were especially popular with the boys, but tons of girls wanted them too. They literally smiled from ear to ear as they left with some amazing balloon art. Anna frequently had two lines watching her: those in her balloon line, and then the face painting line often did too. In addition, children would gather around her, as she sat on the floor with them and made them animals.
Face Painting: Some children had never had their face painted, and the joy they showed was priceless. Parents especially loved watching their kiddos get a face paint, and sometimes I would smile to myself as a group of adults would be gathered around Mary, ooohing and exclaiming over what she was doing. So many wanted their faces done, from the parent holding her one-year-old, to teenagers, to the parent herself!
We made new friends and most importantly, shared Jesus! We also had many opportunities to learn more about people and just love them and lend a listening ear.
“Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ:
that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of
your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving
together for the faith of the gospel.”