Sammy attended Good News Club® at his elementary school. On Sundays, he walked alone to the neighborhood church. He loved being in church except for one thing. He felt sad every time the offering plate was handed to him. He had no money to give. But one day Sammy had a brilliant idea! He would be ready the next time around.
The Bible lesson I was preparing for Good News Club® was on the Old Testament character Absalom rebelling against his father David and trying to take over his throne. As I studied the Scripture for this lesson, I was saddened by the hurt that Absalom had experienced in his relationship with David. Absalom was frustrated with his father’s neglect to address Amnon’s raping of his sister Tamar. After taking matters into his own hands and murdering his brother Amnon, Absalom fled from David.
From the mundane to the serious, children have many needs to bring to God. But they may think their problem is too small for Him to care about or worry they won’t say the words just right. Or perhaps they’ve never even realized that they can have a conversation with God that goes beyond the rote “Now I lay me down to sleep.” You can use the acronym PRAY to teach the kids in your class how to talk to God.
There were 30 children at the CEF camp, nine of them from an orphanage. One morning after devotions, ten-year-old Nikolka stayed behind and said, “I want to see the Lord God, or to touch Him.”I explained to her that God is Spirit, and He can’t be seen, but he is everywhere. “He is everywhere? And is He with me too?” asked Nikolka. After further conversation, Nikolka trusted in Christ.
The need for Good News Clubs has become increasingly apparent. Everywhere I turn, I come across children in our community who know very little about the Bible and the Lord.
Children are not often thought of as a full part of the church body. Yet, those who are saved are as completely Christian as any believer, and they have much to offer in ministry.
Read stories from Jamaica, Czech Republic, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, and many more in this edition of IMPACT.
The children were cheering as the review game ended. Quickly Lisa held up her hand and said, “Show me you’re being quiet by raising your hand!” One by one, hands went up as the group quieted. Early elementary children learn through varied activities.
Sally Burke, President of Moms in Prayer International, shares how Moms in Prayer International is coming along side and partnering through prayer with Good News Clubs.
Fatima comes from a special Roma family living in Kosovo in which, according to tradition, the first-born child was determined to become the magician for the Roma society in the area.