A skilled teacher, like a trained nurse, can observe students’ fears and save lives. Here are some ways to turn your classroom into an emergency room of healing and hope.
Chocolate is only one of the many surprises that God created for us to discover. Ecclesiastes 3:11a says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Only God can tuck a delightful flavor like chocolate into a bean in a pod on a tree in the rain forest!
It was a hot, humid July day. We came rolling into our 5-Day Club® location, blasting fun kids music. We were a spot of sunshine in a very dark place—dark in more ways than one. Our club was in an inner city housing project in Connecticut, one with cracked cement and trash in many places where we walked.
For our generation it was bellbottoms, crazy daisies and long hair. How we must have driven our parents and teachers crazy. When’s the last time you found a picture of yourself from way back when and wondered, “What was I thinking?” Preteens today are no different. They have their styles and fashions, their favorite stores and designers and they are all trying to be unique as they dress to look just like everyone else their age.
When I was much younger, my life was full of adults who lavished attention on me. One elderly couple in the neighborhood spent New Year’s Eve burying pennies in the snow for me to find the next morning. They were investing more than a few pennies. Their example of caring was an important lesson in my life. Today’s children need adults who are willing to invest time, effort and love.
We see many plans, programs, dreams, and goals already set and expect to reach more children, train more teachers, open more doors, translate more materials, and much more. But most important, we seek to love the Lord more, worship Him more, know Him more and serve Him until He returns!
You are right. God does know what we need. God tells us in Matthew 6:8, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” But in the next verses he tells us to pray for our needs. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 God commands us to pray continually. That means to pray a lot!
Close your eyes. Picture a desert. Do you see miles of only sand? Then you’ll be surprised to learn about the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and Mexico. This special desert created by God is filled with a variety of plants, animals and insects.
Sometimes children’s ministry consists of perfectly scripted Bible stories and cleverly choreographed songs. Other times it goes deeper, reaching a raw and humble place where your plan dissolves and the only thing left is the light of Jesus.
The only possible way to find an answer to your question is to go to the one and only book that tells us about God and Jesus, the Bible. In John 14:8, Philip said to Jesus “Show us the Father…Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?” (vv. 9-10).