Monthly Archives: March 2018

Have a Blessed Easter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to all who in the past weeks have subscribed to this page. I hope you will enjoy it!

I’m sorry there has been no story this past week. We were going to start The Great Escape. Considering it’s Easter I decided to wait and concentrate on celebrating Jesus. I’ve been very busy working on the three languages I work with.

I invite you to read about my special Passion Week celebration on my English blog:

Let’s Celebrate Jesus

Three words have been on my heart for weeks now, word to think about out precious Savior:

REMEMBER: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
REFLECT: Psalm 103:1-5
REJOICE: Philippians 4:4

REMEMBER where you came from, what God brought you from (Psalm 40:1-3).
REMEMBER what Jesus has done for you (Isaiah 53:3-9).

REFLECT on the great goodness of God (Psalm 34:8; 86:5).
REFLECT on all of God’s blessings (Psalm 103: 1-5).

REJOICE for salvation and everything God has in store for you (1 Corinthians 2:9).
REJOICE because your name is written in heaven (Luke 10:20).

Thank be to God for his inexpressible gift!
2 Corinthians 9:15

During this Holy Week, as never before, remember all the wonders Jesus has done for you. Reflect on God’s goodness and all the blessings that God pours out daily in your life. Rejoice!

Make a Remembrance Circle to use as a centerpiece or a wall decoration. Print the three sheets with the words and the cross. Cut them out and glue them on a poster board. You might want to have it plasticized or cover it with transparent contact paper. (Don’t mind the Spanish in the picture.) Here is the file for what you need:

File for print:  Remembrance Circle

We have made bookmark with the tree words. Print a bunch and distribute. Having this in your Bible will remind you to:

REMEMBER JESUS
REFLECT ON JESUS’ LOVE
REJOICE FOR JESUS IS COMING

Bookmark:  Honor Jesus Bookmark

The first weekend in April we will start the story THE GREAT ESCAPE. Don’t miss it!

I’ll be back with a John 3:16 cross in a couple of days.

 

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The Beauty of Friendship

I think we all acknowledge the beauty of friendship and the need of friends. Today’s story is about Albert, the boy called Salt, being friendly. I’m also introducing a little orphan boy, someone who just lost his parents. We will be teaching about kindness to orphans, but first we will make a break with stories about The Great Escape. We will follow a boy and a girl as they cross the Red Sea and start the Wilderness Journey with Moses as their leader.

Eleazar at the start of the journey

Eleazar and his friend Rachel play at the bottom of the sea

Welcome to follow the story of The Great Escape. But today we concentrate on Sammy, the orphan boy who found a friend in Salt.

Salt lets Sammy keep his soccer ball over the weekend.

Welcome to read the Salt and Pepper Story #29: Sammy Finds a True Friend

 

The Blessing of Generosity

Today the subject is generosity. What is generosity?

Liberality in giving, amplitude, magnanimity, nobleness, greatness, largeness… To be generous is to have a big heart, open and eager to do good. Yes, generosity is to do it good, and to do it with pleasure!

Read the Bible Story here: Genesis 13.

When God called Abram to go to the land He would give him, Abram had to trust and obey. He had no Bible, as we have, nor did he have the testimony of previous generations who had seen God’s hand in their lives. But this man trusted, and he was called a friend of God. Wonderful!

When he left his homeland, his nephew Lot went with him. Abram shared with him the blessings, and surely Lot owed his prosperity largely to his uncle.

The riches of both these men were the reason they had to go separate ways. Abram was generous and let his nephew choose where he wanted to live. Lot chose the best part of the land for himself. The generous Abram did not object; something I would like to emphasize. It is said that “to be generous is to be in partnership with God.”

Because of his experience of living close to God, Abram knew that it was better to give than to receive. He knew the law of sowing and reaping (see Galatians 6:6-10).

If we sow goodness, we will reap goodness.
If we sow love, we will reap love.
If we sow generously, we will reap abundantly.
If we sow selfishness, there will be no good harvest.

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully… for God loves
a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:6,7

To teach about generosity we have the example of three kinds of givers. We have flash-cards and a PowerPoint to illustrate it. May God help us to be givers like honeycomb, which overflows with its own sweetness.

Welcome to read the story #28: Abram’s Generosity

Next week we will have a story to promote friendship. Then we will make a break with the Salt and Pepper story and have a story of some imaginary children that cross the Red Sea and follow Moses on the wilderness journey.

May God bless you abundantly!

 

God’s Orchestra in the Sky

When God called Abraham, he promised that his offspring would be more numerous than the stars in the sky. In today’s story we’ll see the greatness of the stars. God has galaxies of stars, and each star has a name.

Did you know that the stars sing? There are huge telescopes that capture the sounds of the stars. Some sounds are rhythmic; others are sounds like a violin.

Here is a links for YouTube where you can hear this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLDWKpAkRHs

The theme of stars is meant to celebrate Star, Daisy’s new friend. In The Treasure Club, Miss Beatrice played the video of God’s orchestra for the children. If possible, bring a laptop to class and let the students see the video. Just listen for one or two minutes, so the children have the experience of hearing to the stars. Too long might make them bored.

The purpose is to focus on the greatness of our God, who has created the stars, who orders them one by one, and who calls them by name. But the most wonderful thing is that God knows each person. I want the children to realize that God knows each one by name and cares about every detail of their lives. So great is His love and care that even the very hairs of our head are numbered (Matthew 10:30).

Our focus should always be on the redemptive work of Jesus. Praise his name!

If you have a child with disability in your class, make her feel loved and cared for. And speak to the children about showing love for those who are different.

Welcome to read story #27: Every Star has a Name