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More than Bunnies, Candy, and Eggs

This past Sunday at my church, children of all ages joyfully paraded into the sanctuary, waving palm branches and singing loud hosannas. What a simple act to actively involve kids in a meaningful worship experience!

But do you struggle to explain the meaning of Holy Week to your child? After all, we just celebrated the birth of baby Jesus a few short months ago! Yet now we are going to celebrate His death and Resurrection? And what do bunnies, chocolate candy, and colored eggs have to do with any of it? For many kids, particularly younger ones, this concept can be especially difficult to wrap their heads around.

This Easter, I encourage you to sit down with your kids and read the Bible together. As a family, share the amazing stories surrounding Jesus’ death and Resurrection. Be prepared to answer their questions by pointing them back to the one true source, the Bible. In doing so, you set a positive example as you connect kids to God’s Word for a lifetime.

I have laid out a daily Bible reading plan that you can use to guide you as you move through the week.

Greetings from Guatemala

Please read below for an update from one of April's featured missionary families!

Greetings from Guatemala!  The hot season has officially arrived, bringing with it daily temperatures of over 100 degrees. It also means water shortages and power outages. It is definitely not the easiest month to live here. On top of that, we are all battling head colds and chest congestion. Pray that we will all get well and start feeling better soon.

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Coloring for Jesus

Disaster relief volunteers often work with children whose families have gone through natural disasters. These volunteers help families and children on a temporary basis with basic needs like food, water, and shelter. They also help children by just being a friend when they need one the most. One special thing they do is to look after children so that parents can take care of other things. The volunteers play with children, talk to them, and give them guidance when they don’t understand the horrible things that have happened.

One way disaster relief volunteers help children cope is to let them draw and color pictures about their feelings. Volunteers can then follow up with the children to let them know that Jesus loves them and wants to take care of them. They let the children know that Jesus can take things that are messed up and make something great out of them.

Did you know that you can help friends who are going through a rough time in the same way that disaster relief teams do? You can recycle old, broken crayons and reshape them into something new and beautiful. Then, you can give them to friends and talk to them about their feelings.

Sharing Our Faith

As a seminary student, I was required to take a class on personal evangelism (in simple terms, a class on how to share Jesus with others). Before the end of the semester, we were required to make a certain number of personal visits with people in the community.

Some people will say that a seminary student shouldn’t have to take a class to be taught how to share Jesus with others; it should come naturally for someone called to serve God.

But for busy students who are trying to complete their academic work, maintain a family life, and work full- or part-time in a secular or church position, it is often difficult to focus on personal evangelism. Yes, I know seminary students should be about “God’s work,” but it’s still difficult to find time to focus on sharing Jesus with others.

That last statement probably isn’t limited to busy seminary students. More than likely, most of us need a little push to reach outside our comfort zones, to share our faith with others, and to lead others to a personal relationship with Jesus.

ABCs of Salvation

Do we have good news for you!

God loves you and every person in the world. He loves us very much!

There’s also bad news. Each person has sinned. We have done things God does not like.

Here are three ways to turn the bad news into good news. We call these the ABCs of Salvation.

A-dmit that you are a sinner. Repent, turning away from your sin. (Read Romans 3:23; 6:23; 1 John 1:9–10; Acts 3:19.)

This means that you understand you have broken God’s rules. You want to stop breaking His rules and only do things that honor Him.

B-elieve that Jesus is God’s Son and accept God’s gift of forgiveness from sin. (Read Acts 4:12; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:8–9; and John 1:11–13; 3:16.)

This means you understand that Jesus took the punishment for our sins when He died on the cross. Then He rose from the dead. By believing this and accepting His gift, we can have forgiveness for our sins.

C-onfess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (Read Romans 10:9–10; 10:13.)

Your CMD Stories (part 5)

Children's Ministry Day is a great way for children to show God's love to the world.

We’ve got more stories for you! Let’s hear what children from across the country did for this year’s Children’s Ministry Day to love their neighbors.

 

“Our kids baked, packaged, and delivered about 150 cookies to the residents at Harvest Manor nursing home in our home town. I was really proud to see that they took their time during the delivery—visiting with the residents and praying with them. More than once I peeked through a door to check on the kids and saw hands held and heads bowed.” (Take a look at the photo to the right to see the kids with their bags of cookies!)

—Brandy Tullos, for the children at Watson Baptist Church in Denham Springs, Louisiana

 

Four Ways Kids Can Make a Difference

Kids continually surprise us with their care and compassion for others. As their missions leader, how are you fostering that compassion during your time with them each week? Believe it or not, participating in a good old-fashioned fundraiser is a great way to begin! The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering collects funds for missions work right here in North America. You and your kids have a chance to directly impact the same ministries they read about each week. Not sure where to begin? Here are 4 ways your kids can make a difference:

Your CMD Stories (part 4)

Children can share God's love through Children's Ministry Day.

We’ve got more stories for you! Let’s hear what children from across the country did for this year’s Children’s Ministry Day to love their neighbors.

 

“Our group made 6 fruit and baked good baskets and delivered them to shut-ins in our community.” (For a glimpse of the baskets and the girls loving their neighbors, see the photo collage to the right!)

—Becky Vick, for the GAs at Midway Baptist Church in Meridian, Mississippi

 

“GAs, RAs, and Mission Friends celebrated Children's Ministry Day with ‘Souper Saturday’! They prepared bags of bean soup mixes and attached notes from our church. We delivered the bean soup bags to a neighborhood behind our church. Children took turns knocking on doors and introducing the group. We then asked for prayer requests, which were later typed and distributed to adult Sunday School classes. It was a very good way to meet our neighbors! After we delivered our soup mixes, we went back to the church for a lunch of, what else? SOUP!”

—Susan Bryant, for the GAs, RAs, and Mission Friends of Graefenburg Baptist in Waddy, Kentucky

 

Missions in a Box: Adventure Is Calling

Missions in a Box, Thailand

Are you looking for a way to bring missions home to your child?

I recently enjoyed a rainy Saturday afternoon experiencing Missions in a Box: Thailand with my 11-year-old son, Bates. He loved everything about it, especially making fried bananas and learning how to “talk Thai”! Bates celebrated his missions lesson by dedicating a special place on the corkboard over his bed for his new Thailand patch. He says it will be a daily reminder to pray for the Thai people and the missionaries serving there.

Missions in a Box, designed for boys and girls aged 6–12, is an interactive product to make missions discipleship come alive as a family. As you engage with your child in a new culture, you will learn about traditions, cuisine, games, arts and crafts, as well as missions work happening there—all while having a great time together. It is perfect for homeschool families looking to add a missional element to their curriculum or families wanting to learn more about missions initiatives around the world.

Your CMD Stories (part 3)

Children can share the love of Jesus through Children's Ministry Day.

We’ve got more stories for you! Let’s hear what children from across the country did for this year’s Children’s Ministry Day to love their neighbors.

 

“The GAs at Cross Roads Baptist Church loved participating in Children's Ministry Day. We baked homemade chocolate chip cookies from scratch and made cards for our local law enforcement. While making the cookies, we talked about each ingredient being either good or bad and how that relates to how God loves us. We discussed how important it is to let other people know that we love them and pray for them and how thankful we are for the things they do for us. The girls decided to visit two local police departments and give cookies to the staff and pray over them. This was a great and wonderful blessing to witness. Our girls took turns with popcorn prayer and really thanked them for their service and for God’s protection over them as they protect our communities. We were even featured in our local newspaper. The girls were so happy to share God’s love that day.” (For a glimpse at the sweet cards the GAs made, see the photo to the right!)

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