A Puppy for Cody

Find under Illustrated Stories a beautiful story about a kind-hearted boy who chose a puppy with a limp, because he himself limped and the puppy would have a master who would understand him.

There are also easy puppets for the kids to make.

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Prayer for a Father

I invite you to read the story about the boy who cared so much for his father that he agreed with his mother and siblings to pray for his dad, so he would be happy at home and at work.

See: Alex’s Prayer under Stories for Children

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Work is a wonderful thing

abeja y pajaritoWork is a gift God gave to man when he put him in the Garden. The first thing Adam did was name all the animals. He even came up with the name for the little bees. This week our story is about a little bee that didn’t want to work. But he soon discovered that if he didn’t want to work, he didn’t get to eat. That was very scriptural. “The one who is unwilling to work, shall not eat” ( 2 Thess 3:10).

This story was written by a young friend in Bolivia, Sonia Quiroga. She loved to write stories about nature. I’m sure she has told her children many fun stories over the years. Now you get to enjoy one of them. Use it to teach children about the importance of work.

Work keeps us busy, healthy, and out of trouble. It sure is a wonderful thing!

Read: The Little Bee that Didn’t Want to Work.

For the bee hive the answer is 27 words.

God’s Awesome Trees

gran arbol4Did you know that there are trees that have existed for more than three thousand years? These trees were tall and strong even before Jesus Christ came to the earth. One of these trees is called the “The President”. It is the second largest tree in the world and has existed for 3200 years! This tree is as high as 25 houses stacked on top of each other and measures 27 feet wide. It has about two billion leaves!

If you looked up you couldn’t see the entire tree and it would be impossible to take a picture of the whole thing. But some very skilled photographers have figured out a way to do it. A team of photographers and scientists met to figure out how to take a photo of the entire tree. They had to use special equipment to climb the tree and take thousands of pictures by hand. They chose the best of the photographs and put them together like a puzzle. You can see the composite picture on the internet. It is awesome!

(To see the photo do a search for pictures of the President tree.)

Read the story

Visit STORIES FOR CHILDREN and find a Bible Activity, a Poster, and a page to color.

Garden of the Crosses

Garden of the Crosses

This picture is from the garden where my daughter Eva-Marie is buried. It was taken in early spring, on Resurrection Sunday. This girl was born on Good Friday. She struggled all her life with cystic fibrosis, but was granted 31 years to brighten our lives.

I like the name Garden of the Crosses and I like the crosses I see every time I visit her grave. They remind me of my Savior and the place where she now is. Eva-Marie had the privilege to know Jesus from birth and to receive him as her Savior. I’ve had the same privilege. We will spend eternity together in God’s Heaven.

gitanacoBut there are people who have never heard the wonderful message on the Cross. Read the story of the Gypsy girl who had never heard about Jesus and his sacrifice for us on the Cross. When she heard the story she happily received him as her Savior.

With this story you can encourage children with the assurance of God’s love. The story comes with a page to color, an activity page and a poster.

May the message of the Cross fill you with joy!

The Easter Message

The wonderful message of Easter is that Jesus is alive! I once heard a story about a boy who was developmentally challenged; but he fully understood the message of the empty tomb, that Jesus lives!

We have illustrated the story. Welcome to find all the components under Illustrated Stories.

Jesus is aliveI have also prepared a message to exalt Jesus. You can print it in color or in black and white color yourself.

Make an Easter cube.  Easter Cube

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Clean Hands and Clean Heart

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Story Breeding Ground for Germs

Who hasn’t heard of the importance of washing your hands to keep away germs! The Pharisees complained to Jesus that the disciples didn’t wash their hands like they had prescribed in their traditions. Sure, that is important for our health and well-being, but far more important is a clean heart.

In teaching children we need to cover all aspects of life, but the main focus should always be on Jesus and his love and grace towards un sinners. We cannot emphasize too much the importance of having a clean heart.

Jesus is the center of our entire existence. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith. He is the Creator, the one who fills all in all. To Him be glory forever. One day every knee shall bow before Jesus and everyone has to acknowledge him as Lord.

I’ve written a story about clean hands, to protect us from germs. That is important, but what we need to emphasize is the importance of having a clean heart! I want to thank David C Cook Publishers for the idea to this story, which I got while translating lessons for them for children at risk. Click here to see the full story, an activity, a coloring page and a poster.

As I mentioned in a previous blog, we are working on updating each of the stories published so far. There will not be as many new stories until this update is completed.

I wish you God’s richest blessings in your ministry to children, be it in the home or in the classroom.